Former NC Rep. Deb McManus pleads guilty to tax charge

05/16/2014 5:09 PM

02/15/2015 11:20 AM

Former state Rep. Deb McManus, a Democrat from Siler City, pleaded guilty Friday to a tax charge that arose from her failure to pay state taxes withheld from employees at her husband’s medical practice.

McManus, 57, said she delayed paying the state in hopes of preventing Carolina Family Practice in Siler City from going bankrupt. She told the state Department of Revenue that she intended to pay the approximately $40,000 owed the state when she could. The medical practice has since closed.

She paid $70,474, which includes fees, penalty and interest, a $10,000 fine, and was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service and placed on 3 years of probation.

“Ms. McManus was a distinguished public servant for over a decade and is glad to have this matter behind her,” her attorney, Elliot Abrams of Raleigh, said in a statement.

McManus was elected to the House of Representatives in 2012, representing parts of Chatham and Lee counties. She resigned after state revenue agents arrested her in December. She was a longtime member of the Chatham County school board.

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