Raleigh Businessman Pleads Guilty To State Tax Charges

Date:  March 26, 2007

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

Mukul Vijay Raval, 53, of 7413 Tennessee Court, Raleigh pleaded guilty on March 26, 2007 to two counts of sales tax evasion.

Superior Court Judge Paul Gessner sentenced Raval to a five-month minimum, six-month maximum prison term. The sentence was suspended and Raval was placed on supervised probation for 24 months. He was also ordered to pay restitution of $10,719.47, perform 100 hours of community service and pay a $500 criminal fine.

Raval is the vice president of Vijay Corporation located at 4640 Capital Blvd, Raleigh. The state’s evidence proved that Raval reported taxable sales to the North Carolina Department of Revenue totaling $126,851 when he actually had taxable sales of $279,986.28. Raval charged and collected sales tax from his customers but underreported the sales tax due by $10,719.47. The offenses occurred from Jan. 1, 2003 through Dec. 31, 2005.

The charges against Raval resulted from an investigation by the Department’s Raleigh Field Examinations Office and a special agent with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division.

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