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The woman Governor Bev Perdue appointed to be the next judge of Bladen, Brunswick and Columbus counties has a huge overdue tax bill. Court records obtained by WWAY show that with interest, Sherry Dew Tyler owes nearly $80,000 to the IRS. She failed to pay her taxes in 2000 and 2001, when her name was Sherry Prince. She is a law partner of Senator RC Soles. Our calls to Tyler for comment were not returned. The governor's office sent us this statement: "The governor's office is aware of Ms. Tyler's situation and understands it arose from previous personal circumstances. She has assured this office that this issue will be resolved prior to her taking the oath of office.” Sherry Tyler is scheduled to be sworn in May 1.

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