Hickory Businessman Sentenced in Tax Case

 June 26, 2013

RALEIGH – A Granite Falls resident pleaded guilty Wednesday in Wake County District Court to charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Kevin Mitchell Atkinson, 55, of 3523 Dry Ponds Rd., Granite Falls, pleaded guilty on June 26, 2013 to Willful Failure to File Return, Supply Information, or Pay Tax. 

Wake County District Court Judge James R. Fullwood sentenced Atkinson to a 45-day maximum prison term.  The sentence was suspended and Atkinson was placed on unsupervised probation for 12 months.  Atkinson was ordered to pay restitution of $96,788.11 and was ordered to file all income tax returns in a timely and accurate fashion.    

An investigation by a special agent with the North Carolina Department of Revenue found that Atkinson was required to file North Carolina Individual Income Tax Returns for tax years 2009, 2010 and 2011, but willfully failed to file the returns.  Atkinson is the sole proprietor of Chick-Fil-A in Hickory, NC. 

The charges against Atkinson resulted from an investigation by a special agent with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Section in Raleigh.

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