Cary Businessman Pleads Guilty To State Tax Evasion
RALEIGH – A Cary businessman pleaded guilty Thursday in Wake
County District Court to a tax charge filed by the North Carolina
Department of Revenue.
Charles Kenneth Earnhardt, Jr., 31, of 3629 Wickersham Way, pleaded
guilty on April 29, 2004 to one count of attempting to evade or defeat
the North Carolina withholding tax.
Wake County District Court Judge Joyce Hamilton sentenced Earnhardt
to a six-month minimum, eight-month maximum prison term. The sentence
was suspended and Earnhardt was placed on supervised probation for
36 months. He was further ordered to pay a $400 criminal fine and
to perform 20 hours of community service. Earnhardt paid $89,964 in
restitution to the North Carolina Department of Revenue prior to court
for withholding taxes he owed.
The state’s evidence showed that Earnhardt stopped filing reports
and remitting the withholding taxes due for his business, Wake Plumbing
Company which is located at 155 Wilkinson Avenue in Cary. From January
2002 through March 2003, Earnhardt withheld $89,964 in North Carolina
individual income taxes from his employees’ wages that he did
not remit to the Department of Revenue. Earnhardt admitted that he
used the money to pay other business expenses.
The charges against Earnhardt resulted from an investigation by an
auditor with the Raleigh Examinations Office and a special agent with
the Department ’s Criminal Investigations Division.
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