Wake County Business Owner Sentenced for State Tax Charges

Date: 3/11/2004

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

Joseph T. Wertis of 8058 Hogan Drive, Wake Forest, pleaded guilty on March 4, 2004 to nine counts of failure to failure and pay the state sales and use tax and eight counts of failure to file and pay the state withholding tax. Wertis is president of Christina Marble Company Inc.

Judge Jane Gray issued Wertis a 60-day sentence. The sentence was suspended and Wertis was placed on supervised probation for 48 months. Wertis was ordered to pay $57,406.16 in restitution to the Department of Revenue and court costs.

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


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