Forsyth County Business Owner Guilty of State Tax Charges

Date: 2/20/2004

RALEIGH – A Winston-Salem business owner pleaded guilty Thursday to charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Manuel Benitez of 5825 Reynolda Road, Winston Salem, pleaded guilty on Feb.19, 2004 to 12 counts of failure to file and pay the state sales and use tax. Benitez is the owner of Benitez Automotive, located at 1235 North Liberty St. in Winston-Salem.

Judge Lori Hutchens issued Benitez a 45-day sentence, which was suspended for one year. He was also ordered to pay court costs and to comply with state tax laws in the future.

The charges against Benitez are the result of efforts by the Department of Revenue Winston Salem Office.

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