Sandhills Orthopaedic of Southern Pines

Sandhills Orthopaedic of Southern Pines

A Pinehurst couple is accused of failing to pay the Internal Revenue Service about $580,000 in taxes withheld from workers at an orthopedic practice.

James and Susan Rice were indicted by a federal grand jury in Greensboro on Tuesday for a "variety of tax offenses" involving Sandhills Orthopaedic and Spine Clinic, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. James Rice is an orthopedic surgeon who owned the business, the department said, while his wife, the owner of a local truffle farm, handled “administrative operations” for the clinic.

Employees of the practice allegedly had federal income taxes, Social Security contributions and Medicare payments withheld from their paychecks from 2007 to 2014, but the money never made it to the IRS.

Citing court filings, The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that the Rices’ “hid the funds from the federal government by moving it into bank accounts belonging to their other businesses.” Prosecutors allege that the couple spent some of the fraudulent withholdings on boarding for their dog, country club memberships and visits to Susan Rice’s “spiritual advisor,” The News & Observer reported.

The U.S. Department of Justice said the couple is also accused of not filing individual income tax returns from 2014 to 2016. James Rice faces additional charges for failing to file corporate tax returns for "an entity over which he was president" from 2014 to 2017, according to a news release.

If convicted, the Rices could both be sentenced to years behind bars and fined $250,000 for each "conspiracy, tax evasion and employment tax count," the release said.

(2) comments

Another argument in favor of the Fair Tax. None of this would have been possible under the Fair Tax.

Tommy Deans

Or they could've paid their tax and none of this would've happened.

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Comments that violate any of the rules above are subject to removal by staff.

Thank you for reading!

Please purchase a subscription to continue reading. Subscribe today and support local community journalism.

Digital Only Subscriptions

The Pilot

Get unlimited digital access and support award-winning local journalism, for just $5 a month. This includes access to the electronic replica edition of The Pilot.

Starting at
$5.35 for 30 days

Already have a Print Subscription? Get Digital Access Free.

The Pilot

As a print subscriber, you also have unlimited digital access. Connect your account now. Or, call customer service at 910-693-2487 for help.

 

Our system has been updated, if you are a current print subscriber and cannot obtain your unlimited access, please contact customer support 910-693-2490. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Home Delivery

The Pilot

Our best deal: Get all the news of Moore County delivered to your home each Wednesday and Sunday — and receive unlimited digital access to thepilot.com.

Starting at
$27.82 for 90 days