Rep. McManus resigns after being arrested on tax charges

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State Rep. Deb McManus

RALEIGH, N.C. — State Rep. Deb McManus, D-Chatham, resigned Wednesday, hours after she was arrested on felony tax charges.

McManus, 56, of Siler City, resigned from her House seat several hours after posting a $150,000 bond.

According to the News and Observer, McManus was charged with three counts of embezzlement of state money related to more than $47,000 in state individual income tax withheld between January 2011 and July of this year at her husband’s medical office, Carolina Family Practice in Siler City.

Her attorney, Elliot Abrams, issued a statement Wednesday saying the charges had nothing to do with her position in the General Assembly

Abrams said McManus was blindsided by the charges and that he would be talking to the state attorney general’s office about the case.

The Department of Revenue issued a news release earlier Wednesday afternoon announcing the charges.

Arrest warrants allege that as the bookkeeper for her husband’s medical practice, she “aided and abetted the corporation to embezzle, misapply and convert to its own use” the tax money in question.

Her husband, Dr. Keith McManus, was not charged.

Officials will select a replacement to fill out her term, which ends after 2014.

McManus is scheduled to make her first appearance in a Wake County on Thursday.

Source: News and Observer


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