Greensboro Businessman Receives Active Sentence

Date: 3/18/2005

RALEIGH – A Greensboro businessman pleaded guilty Thursday in Wake County District Court to tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Nabil Isa Hanhan, 62, of 3035 High Point Road, Greensboro, pleaded guilty March 17, 2005 to one count each of aiding and abetting Entertainment Food Production, doing business as Atlantis Café, to embezzle $29,772.33 in North Carolina sales tax, $16,746.93 in Guilford County sales tax and $5,198.90 in state withholding tax.

Superior Court Judge Howard E. Manning, Jr. sentenced Hanhan to three consecutive 19-month minimum, 23-month maximum prison terms. The sentences were suspended and Hanhan was placed on supervised probation for 36 months. He was ordered to pay $31,718.16 in restitution and timely file and pay all taxes. As a special condition of probation, he was ordered to serve 60 days in jail. Prior to his sentencing, Hanhan paid partial restitution of $20,000 to the Department of Revenue.

Information revealed in court showed that Hanhan, as the owner and manager of Atlantis Café of Greensboro, charged and collected $46,519.26 in North Carolina sales tax between Jan. 1, 2003 through May 15, 2004. He also collected $5,198.90 in withholding taxes from employees’ wages between Dec. 1, 2002 and May 20, 2004. Instead of remitting the tax to the Department of Revenue, Hanhan used it to pay the operating expenses for the business.

The charges against Hanhan resulted from an investigation by Department’s Greensboro field office and a special agent with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division in Raleigh.

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