Stanfield businesswoman faces state embezzlement charges

Published 3:24 pm Monday, March 27, 2023

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A Stanfield businesswoman was arrested March 20 on felony tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Lisa Rivers Cline, 51, was charged with 11 counts of embezzlement of state property.

Indictments allege that Cline, secretary and responsible person of C&S Lawn Service, Inc., aided and abetted the business to embezzle, misapply and convert to its own use approximately $124,977 in state withholding tax during the period of May 1, 2011, through Dec. 31, 2021.

During this time, Cline was under a duty to collect, hold in trust and remit North Carolina Withholding Tax to the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Cline appeared before a Stanly County magistrate and was placed under a $5,000 secured bond.

A first appearance is scheduled for April 3 in Wake County Superior Court in Raleigh.

The charges against Cline resulted from an investigation by special agents with the Department of Revenue’s Criminal Investigation Division in Raleigh.