RALEIGH — Two Monroe businessmen were arrested Tuesday (Sept. 8) on felony charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue, according to a statement to the press from the department.

Maria L. Vordonis, 49, of the 3200 block of Summerfield Drive, Monroe, and President of Landsdown Earth & Pipe, Inc., was charged with nine counts of Embezzlement of State Property, according to the statement; Vincenzo Labarbera, 48, of the 7400 block of Concord Highway, Monroe, and President of Landsdown Corporation, was charged with two counts of Embezzlement of State Property.

The arrest warrants for Vordonis and Labarbera have alleged that each held the position as President and were the responsible persons of the corporations which showed that Vordonis assisted, or aided and abetted Landsdown Earth & Pipe, Inc. to embezzle, misapply, and convert to its’ own use approximately $67,131 in North Carolina Withholding Tax during the period January 1, 2009 through January 31, 2018, and that Labarbera assisted, or aided and abetted Landsdown Corporation to embezzle, misapply, and convert to its’ own use approximately $12,170 in North Carolina Withholding Tax during the period January 1, 2016 through January 31, 2018.

During this period of time, Vordonis and Labarbera were the responsible persons of the corporations, which were under a duty to collect, hold in trust, and remit North Carolina Withholding Taxes to the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Vordonis and Labarbera appeared before a Union County magistrate and were each placed under a $10,000 bond. Both are scheduled for a first appearance in Wake County District Court on December 2, 2020.

The charges against Vordonis and Labarbera resulted from an investigation by special agents with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division in Raleigh.