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Married prison workers arrested on tax evasion charges

A married pair of state prison workers from Warsaw have been arrested on felony tax charges, the state Department of Revenue reported Wednesday.

Andrew Riddick, 51, a correctional sergeant, and Sharon Sutton Riddick, 55, a staff nurse, both worked at Duplin Correctional Center in Kenansville. They were reassigned on Wednesday to other prisons while an internal investigation gets under way, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety said.

Both were charged with 12 counts of attempt to evade or defeat tax. Arrest warrants allege the Riddicks fraudulently claimed they were exempt from state income tax withholding from 1999 to 2010.

The couple appeared before a magistrate in Wake County and each was placed under a $30,000 bond. The case was investigated by an agent with the criminal investigations section of the state revenue department.

Sharon Riddick has been reassigned to a prison in Greenville, and her husband to one in Burgaw. They will not have any contact with inmates during the investigation, the public safety department reported.

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