Meck County nonprofit exec arrested on felony tax charges

MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. — The executive director of a nonprofit in Mecklenburg County has been arrested for felony tax charges, state investigators said.

The North Carolina Department of Revenue charged 66-year-old Terri Lynette Howard with two counts of obtaining property by false pretenses. She’s the executive director at A Place for Heroes.

Howard, from Lancaster, is accused of fraudulently getting a sales tax refund of $217,817.44 from the Department of Revenue by filing false forms. She claimed the nonprofit paid that much money in sales tax when it did not, investigators said.

Howard was given a $50,000 bond by a magistrate in Stanly County. She’s scheduled to be in court on April 8.

Channel 9 has reached out to the A Place for Heroes for comment.

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