Pitt County Businesswoman Charged With Tax Embezzlement

A Pitt County businesswoman is accused of embezzling tens of thousands of dollars in state tax withholding funds.

Joanne Tuten of Winterville is CEO of the May Frances Partnership in Caring, Inc. She is facing one count of embezzlement of withholding tax, and three counts of obtaining property by false pretenses.

The Department of Revenue says Tuten helped the corporation embezzle nearly $74,000 in withholding tax from 2005 to 2009.

The state also says Tuten filed personal tax returns for the years 2006 through 2009 showing she had money withheld, when in fact she knew the money had not been sent to the state.

Tuten is being held on an $80,000 bond and has a first appearance Friday in Raleigh.

According to their web site, Tuten founded the May Frances Partnership in 2000. It says the Partnership assisted challenged people to find housing and health services, learning how to access public transportation and meet their basic needs. A phone number listed for the business is no longer working.

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