Local Businessman Convicted of State Tax Charges
RALEIGH – A Raleigh nightclub owner pleaded guilty Thursday
to felony tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.
Gregory B. Dent, 36, of 116 Northbrook Drive, Raleigh, pleaded guilty
to eight counts of aiding and abetting the embezzlement of $22,818.92
in North Carolina and Wake County sales taxes and eight counts of
attempting to evade and defeat North Carolina and Wake County sales
taxes from Jan. 1, 1999 through April 15, 2002. He also pleaded guilty
to two counts of aiding and abetting the embezzlement of $12,353.06
in North Carolina and Durham County sales taxes from Jan. 1, 2002
through May 15, 2002.
The state's evidence showed that Dent was president of Easy Street
Bistro, Inc., which was operating a nightclub under the name ‘Raleigh
Live’ at 119 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. He was also the managing
member of The Dent Group, which operated a Durham nightclub.
Superior Court Judge J.B. Allen, Jr. sentenced Dent to four, consecutive
19-month minimum, 23-month maximum prison terms. The sentences were
suspended and Dent was placed on supervised probation for three years.
He was further ordered to serve a 30-day active sentence as a special
condition of probation. Dent must also perform 50 hours of community
service and pay a $9,000 criminal fine. He was ordered to pay $35,171.98
in restitution to the North Carolina Department of Revenue and must
timely file and remit all future taxes due.
The charges against Dent resulted from an investigation by a field
auditor in the Department of Revenue's Raleigh Examinations Office
and a special agent with the Department's Criminal Investigations
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