Wake County Business Owner Guilty of State Tax Charges

Date: 2/13/2004

RALEIGH – A Wake County business owner pleaded guilty Thursday to charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Bartlett B. Dougherty of 5016 Oakmont Court, Holly Springs, pleaded guilty on Feb. 12, 2004 to several state tax offenses. Dougherty was charged with failure to file and pay individual income taxes, failure to file and pay state corporate income and franchise taxes, failure to file and pay state withholding taxes and failure to pay the state sales tax.

Dougherty is president of Paradigm Coffee House Inc., which operates the Paradigm Coffee House at 105 Colonades Way, Cary.

Judge Jane Gray issued Dougherty a 90-day suspended sentence. He was placed on supervised probation for 60 months and will be placed on unsupervised probation when his total tax debt is paid. Dougherty must also pay $42,808 in restitution, perform 30 hours of community service and pay court costs.

The charges against Dougherty are the result of efforts by the Department of Revenue Raleigh Office.

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