Catawba County Residents Guilty of State Tax Charges

Date:  June 26, 2009

Raleigh - Two Catawba county residents pleaded guilty recently in Catawba County District Court for failing to pay state taxes.

Alvin G. Baker of 4533 Bolick Road, Claremont, pleaded guilty on May 12 for failure to file and pay the state individual income tax.

Baker was sentenced to 120 days in jail. The jail time was suspended and he must serve 36 months of supervised probation. He also must pay $2182.86 in restitution, file his 2007/2008 returns in 45 days, and pay those taxes when the bill comes due.

George Alan Elrod of 55 36th Ave. NW, Hickory, pleaded guilty to two counts of failure to file and pay state sales & use tax. He was president of Details Hair Artistry, Inc., formerly located in downtown Hickory. The business is now closed.

Elrod was sentenced to 45 days in jail per count. The jail time was suspended and he must serve 36 months of supervised probation. He must pay $3,459.53 in restitution and court costs.

The charges against Baker and Elrod are the result of efforts by the N.C. Dept. of Revenue collections office in Hickory.

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