Eastern Wake News

State charges Wake deputy from Zebulon cheated on taxes to get bigger refund

A Wake County sheriff’s deputy was arrested Monday by the state Department of Revenue on charges that he overstated his withholding in 2011, 2012 and 2013 to get excessive income tax refunds.

Marc Fellner, 40, of Zebulon, was charged in three warrants alleging that he obtained property by false pretenses from the state by inflating how much had been withheld from his wages by Wake County and the town of Sharpsburg, south of Rocky Mount.

Fellner, who has been a Wake deputy since 2010, is assigned to the Special Operations Division and was suspended without pay until the criminal charges are resolved, sheriff’s spokesman Capt. James Stevens said Tuesday.

Fellner was arrested at 300 S. Salisbury St. in Raleigh, the Wake County Justice Center, and brought before a magistrate. He then posted $30,000 bail and was released.

The Department of Revenue said that for the three years, Fellner reported that $30,929 had been held out of his pay for state income tax, but Wake County and Sharpsburg had actually taken $5,300 out of his pay.

Over-reporting tax paid through withholding would result in a higher refund, arrest warrants said.

The charges do not specify how much extra money the state says Fellner got in his refunds.

Elton Daniels, Sharpsburg town administrator, said records showed Fellner had worked for the town as an auxilliary police officer and that he had not worked for Sharpsburg recently.