Head of Winston-Salem child care center charged with embezzling about $30,000

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A Forsyth County woman who owns and operates a child care center was arrested on charges that she embezzled about $30,000 in tax money that should have gone to the state, according to a news release from the N.C. Department of Revenue.

Rhonda E. Reaves, 56, of the 1300 block of Jonestown Road in Winston-Salem was charged Tuesday with six counts of embezzlement of state property, the News-Journal reported.

According to a news release from the revenue department, arrest warrants allege that Reaves, the owner of Future Young Scholars Child Development Academy, aided and abetted the corporation to embezzle, misapply and convert to its own use $29,803.49 in North Carolina withholding tax from Jan. 1, 2008, through Jan. 31, 2014. During this time, Reaves was president of the academy, which the department said had a duty to collect and send state taxes to the N.C. Department of Revenue, according to the news release.

A special agent with the revenue department’s Criminal Investigations Section in Raleigh investigated Reaves. Reaves appeared before a Forsyth County magistrate and was placed under a $50,000 secured bond. Her first appearance is scheduled for Jan. 16 in Wake District Court in Raleigh.

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