Courtland man accused of stealing $30,000

Published 9:33 am Wednesday, January 12, 2011

COURTLAND—A Courtland man faces charges of allegedly withholding more than $30,000 in tax payments meant for the Internal Revenue Service on behalf of a client who hired him to complete his taxes.


Edgar Turner, 48, of the 21000 block of Southampton Parkway faces six counts of obtaining money by false pretenses and two counts of identity theft.

The alleged victim told police Turner was hired to complete his taxes and submit payments he provided to the IRS.

“The allegation is that Mr. Turner did not submit the money to the IRS,” Sgt. Wanda Covington of the Southampton County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. “This was to have occurred for a period of several years.”

While investigating the alleged victim’s claims, Covington said another incident arose that indicated Turner used another person’s information to obtain money from two fraudulent tax returns.

Turner is free on a $7,500 bond.