In 2009, Pamela Verbal admitted to conspiring to defraud the government while working for an independent tax company in Rocky Mount. (Dan West, WNCN)
Residents of a North Raleigh neighborhood say they fear leaving their homes because a neighbor uses her "Mansion" as an "adult, for-profit club." (Charlotte Huffman, WNCN)
RALEIGH, N.C. -
A woman accused of running a nightclub out of her North Raleigh mansion was previously charged in a tax fraud scheme while working in Rocky Mount, WNCN Investigates has learned.
In 2009, Pamela Verbal admitted to conspiring to defraud the government while working for an independent tax company in Rocky Mount.
Verbal and three other company employees falsely inflated the wages of their clients and claimed false dependents in 2003 to qualify for larger IRS refunds. She was sentenced to 15 months in prison followed by three years of supervised released and $40,000 in restitution.
Last month, a Superior Court judge issued a restraining order prohibiting Verbal from hosting parties at her North Raleigh home or having more than five guests in her home at a time without prior court approval.
The order comes after her neighbors in the Radcliffe subdivision -- just off Falls of Neuse Road -- filed a complaint claiming Verbal had been running a nightclub at her home since moving into the $2.9 million mansion in July 2012.
During one recent party, called a "Free4All" party and held on May 18, neighbors reported as many as 600 attendees and 150 vehicles. Wayne Cohoe, who lives across from the so-called "Mansion," testified that guests and their music were "extremely loud, degrading, obnoxious, offensive to human decency and to the adults and children living in the surrounding homes."
The restraining order prohibits Verbal from using her home for commercial purposes or "engaging in conduct that would be a nuisance, annoyance, obnoxious or offensive to violate the quiet enjoyment of surrounding property."
Verbal, however, asserts that she's done nothing wrong and "all allegations are false."
"There has not been one report of illegal activity at my home," Verbal said Tuesday. "Have I had parties? Absolutely. Have you seen my home?
"Have the parties been loud and outrageous? No. My guests have enjoyed my home as well."
Verbal says she has been targeted by her neighbors for being black and she is being forced out of her neighborhood. Earlier this month, she put the home up for sale, listing it for $2.95 million.
"There are only three neighbors plus me that make up this Radcliffe HOA," Verbal said. "I feel like the neighbors are targeting me because I am black. My neighbors have stereotyped my guests.
"My parties only became a problem after my guests were predominantly black."
Cohoes says a combination of disconcerting guests; loud, inappropriate music; and drug use has created an unsafe environment for their family.
"We feel like we have a right to live here without a giant nightclub and huge parties every weekend for the purpose of someone making a profit," Cohoe said.
Another neighbor, Shawn MacArthur, says he and his wife feel like prisoners in their own neighborhood.
"My wife cries constantly while parties are happening ... [She] threatens to leave if I don't do something about this," MacArthur told a Superior Court judge.
"There is nothing I can put in writing that describes the feeling of living in this experience."
MacArthur says since the parties began a year ago, he has "been forced to accumulate weapons because I fear for my family's safety."
Verbal's neighbors say her parties are a violation of HOA covenants, specifically using her home as a business and being a nuisance in the neighborhood.
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