Clayton Businessman Pleads Guilty To State Tax Charges

Date: 3/2/2006

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

Ronald Keith Jones, 36, of 205 Hein Dr., Clayton pleaded guilty on March 2, 2006 to two felony counts of attempting to evade or defeat the sales tax.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Joseph R. Jolly, Jr. sentenced Jones to two six-month minimum, eight-month maximum prison terms. The sentence was suspended and Jones was placed on supervised probation for 36 months. He was also ordered to pay a $6,000 fine. Jones paid restitution of $70,253.53 to the Department of Revenue prior to his court appearance.

Information revealed in court showed that from March 1, 2002 through June 30, 2005
Jones, as president of Clayton Furniture World, Inc., charged and collected $70,253.53 in North Carolina and Johnston County sales tax from its customers. The business was not registered to remit the tax and did not remit it to the Department of Revenue.

The charges against Jones resulted from an investigation by the Department’s Rocky Mount Field Audit Office and special agents with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division in Raleigh.

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