Buncombe Businesswoman Guilty of State Tax Crimes

Date:  June 30, 2008

RALEIGH – A Buncombe County businesswoman pleaded guilty Monday to felony tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Cornelia A. Reeves, 44, of 87 New Salem Road, Swannanoa pleaded guilty to one count each of embezzlement of state and county property.

Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood sentenced Reeves to a 13-month minimum, 16-month maximum prison term. The sentence was suspended and Reeves was placed on supervised probation for 24 months, of which the first three months will be intensive probation. Reeves was also ordered to pay a $5,000 criminal fine, perform 100 hours of community service and must timely and accurately file and pay all individual and corporate tax returns and taxes.

The state’s evidence showed that from Aug. 1, 2006 through Feb. 28, 2007, Reeves charged and collected $23,990.78 in North Carolina sales taxes and $13,661.24 in Buncombe County sales taxes for 6 Pac Smoke Stack, Inc. She admitted using the money to pay expenses to keep her business open.

The charges against Reeves resulted from an investigation by the Department of Revenue’s Asheville Field Examination Division and a special agent with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division.


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