Buncombe County Businessman Guilty of State Tax Charges

Date: 1/20/2006

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

Robert Alan Sheppard, 45, of 100 Central Ave., Weaverville pleaded guilty on Jan. 20, 2006 to two counts of willful failure to file corporate income tax returns for E-Z Auto Center, Inc. for the 1999 and 2000 tax years.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Donald W. Overby ordered Sheppard to pay a $100 fine and court costs.

The state’s evidence showed that Sheppard owned and operated Alan’s Jewelry & Pawn, Inc., Alan’s Check Cashing, Inc., Westside Pawn, Inc., Asheville Auto Auction, Inc, and E-Z Auto Center, Inc. and had not filed corporate income tax returns for the businesses. Sheppard filed all the delinquent returns and paid all taxes due prior to court.

The charges against Sheppard resulted from an investigation by the North Carolina Department of Revenue’s Asheville field office and a special agent with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division.

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