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Democrat NC legislator Deb McManus of Siler City arrested on felony tax charges

Posted Friday, December 13, 2013

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Raleigh, NC - North Carolina Democrat legislator, Deborah H. McManus of Siler City has resigned following her arrest on felony tax charges.

Deb McManus

“It is with deep sadness that I have decided to resign from the House of Representatives effective today in order to focus on a personal matter that has arisen,” McManus wrote in a letter delivered to House Speaker Thom Tillis’ office.

The N.C. Department of Revenue announced Wednesday that McManus was charged with three counts of embezzlement of state property. The first-term Democrat and former longtime member of the Chatham County school board is alleged to have used her position "as bookkeeper and responsible person of Carolina Family Practice, P.A., aided and abetted the corporation to embezzle, misapply and convert to its own use $47,369 in North Carolina Individual Income Tax withheld during the period Jan. 2011 through July 2013."

Keith McManus (image from company web site)

Her husband, Dr. Keith McManus, was not charged. Keith has been in practice for more than 20 years. He is team physician for Jordan-Matthews High School.

Political fallout

“During the last two elections, North Carolinians have sent a very clear message that they will not accept the corruption, abuse of power, and hypocrisy of Democrats in Raleigh any longer,” said North Carolina Republican Chairman Claude Pope. “There is an emerging trend of prominent Democrat leaders who repeatedly demand that hardworking North Carolinians pay more taxes while they themselves break the law to avoid paying their fair share.”

Pope didn’t offer examples of an emerging trend other than to cite the case of Randy Voller, chairman of the state Democratic Party, who owed nearly $290,000 in unpaid taxes and penalties.

“During the last two elections, North Carolinians have sent a very clear message that they will not accept the corruption, abuse of power, and hypocrisy of Democrats in Raleigh any longer,” said North Carolina Republican Chairman Claude Pope. “There is an emerging trend of prominent Democrat leaders who repeatedly demand that hardworking North Carolinians pay more taxes while they themselves break the law to avoid paying their fair share.”

Pope cited the case of Randy Voller, chairman of the state Democratic Party, who owed nearly $290,000 in unpaid taxes and penalties.

“Ironically, McManus campaigned on raising North Carolina’s state sales tax,” the N.C. GOP said in a press release. “Although innocent until proven guilty, McManus’s arrest highlights a recent trend of prominent North Carolina Democrat leaders facing legal troubles as a result of tax fraud and other ethical lapses.”

The group went on to mention Voller’s civil issues, as well as criminal charges filed against other North Carolina Democrats in recent years — including former Speaker of the House Jim Black, who was sentenced to five years in prison for bribery and obstruction of justice.

Replacement process

The Democratic Party leaders in Chatham and Lee counties will nominate someone to fill the rest of her term, which runs through the end of 2014. The Lee and Chatham Democratic parties will form a joint committee to appoint someone for the remainder of her term and then must have that person approved by the state Democratic Party.

Randy Voller, who has had numerous financial controversies of his own, including owing nearly $290,000 in unpaid taxes — said the Lee and Chatham Democrats will pick two candidates each, and then a joint committee will select from among those four.

Gov. Pat McCrory will then appoint that person to the post.

 
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