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Date: 08-01-2022

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United States of America v. Santa Maria McKibbins

Case Number: 1:22-cr-00081

Judge: Catherine C. Eagles

Court: United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina (Guilford County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office

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Description: Greensboro, North Carolina criminal law lawyer represented defendant charged with tax evasion.

Santa Maria McKibbins pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return, a violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7206(1), after an investigation revealed that she had withheld information from a tax preparer regarding income and personal use of funds related to her business. According to court-filed documents, McKibbins was a licensed dentist and ran a dental practice known as McKibbins Family Dentistry in Durham. A review of McKibbins’ expenditures revealed that her income far exceeded the income reported to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and bank records confirmed annualized personal income that exceeded the income claimed on her IRS forms. From 2013 to 2018, McKibbins withheld information regarding insurance and copayment checks made to her business, which she then diverted to her personal checking account which she used to make payments on multiple cars and her home.

“To attempt to evade taxes by hiding income and filing false returns, is a theft from the American public. It is a felony offense that carries severe consequences,” said Donald “Trey” Eakins, Special Agent in Charge, IRS Criminal Investigation, Charlotte Field Office. “The overarching principle of IRS’s enforcement strategy is simply this: We protect the integrity of the tax system by ensuring everyone pays their fair share of tax.”

Sentencing is scheduled to take place on October 19, 2022, at 9:30 a.m. in Greensboro, North Carolina, courtroom number three, before the Honorable Catherine C. Eagles. At sentencing, McKibbins faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison, a period of supervised release of up to one year, and monetary penalties.

Agents with the Criminal Investigation division of the Internal Revenue Service investigated the case. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tanner Kroeger.

Outcome: 07/29/2022 13 AMENDED PLEA AGREEMENT as to SANTA MARIA MCKIBBINS (Winchester, Robin) (Entered: 07/29/2022)
07/29/2022 Case as to SANTA MARIA MCKIBBINS reassigned to JUDGE CATHERINE C. EAGLES. UNASSIGNED no longer assigned to the case. (Winchester, Robin) (Entered: 07/29/2022)
07/29/2022 Minute Entry for proceedings held before JUDGE CATHERINE C. EAGLES:CHANGE OF PLEA HEARING held on 7/29/2022. AUSA Tanner Kroeger present on behalf of the Government. Attorney Amos Tyndall present as counsel for the Defendant Defendant present on pretrial release. Defendant placed under oath and advised of rights/charges/penalties. Court reviews the plea agreement. Court finds the defendant competent to enter a guilty plea. Factual Basis Hearing held. Defendant's plea of guilty and the plea agreement are accepted and the Court adjudges SANTA MARIA MCKIBBINS (1) GUILTY on Count 1. Remaining Counts to be dismissed at sentencing. Court orders the preparation of a Presentence Report. Sentencing set for 10/19/2022 09:30 AM in Greensboro Courtroom #3 before JUDGE CATHERINE C. EAGLES. Defendant shall remain on pretrial release under the present terms and conditions of release. (Court Reporter Briana Bell.) (Winchester, Robin) (Entered: 07/29/2022)
07/29/2022 14 STANDARD ORDER as to SANTA MARIA MCKIBBINS for criminal cases proceeding before JUDGE CATHERINE C. EAGLES on 7/29/2022. (Winchester, Robin) (Entered: 07/29/2022)

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