Gaston County Restaurant Owner Pleads Guilty to State Tax Charges

Date: 12/17/2003

RALEIGH – A Gaston County restaurant owner pleaded guilty Monday to charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Christopher D. Pope, 39, of 1312 Creekview Drive. Gastonia, pleaded guilty on Dec. 15, 2003 to one count of failure to pay the state sales tax. Pope is the former owner of Jiggers Drive-In restaurant in Bessemer City.

Judge Joyce Brown issued Pope a 45-day suspended sentence. Pope was placed on supervised probation for two years and during that time he must pay any outstanding taxes owed to the state.

The charges against Pope are the result of efforts by the Department of Revenue Gastonia Office.

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