Lenoir Trucker Guilty of State Fuel Tax Evasion
RALEIGH – A Lenoir man pleaded guilty Monday in Wake County
Superior Court to felony tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department
Tommy Mitchell Thompson, 50, of 3721 Blowing Rock Blvd., Lenoir,
pleaded guilty to two counts of willfully attempting to evade or defeat
the North Carolina motor fuels tax. It was while operating as a self-employed
interstate motor carrier that Thompson failed to register and file
motor fuels tax returns to report his mileage and fuel purchases throughout
the United States.
The state's evidence showed that Thompson submitted fuel receipts
to the Department of Revenue to document his fuel purchases. The Department
contacted a number of the fuel vendors and found that many of the
receipts were fraudulent. Thompson made false statements to a special
agent from the Department's Criminal Investigations Division when
confronted with the false documents.
Thompson appeared before Wake County Superior Court Judge Narley
Cashwell and was sentenced to two, consecutive eight-month minimum,
10-month maximum prison terms. The sentences were suspended and he
was placed on supervised probation for 36 months. Thompson was ordered
to serve a 10-day active sentence in the Caldwell County jail as a
special condition of probation. He was further ordered to pay a $1,000
criminal fine. Thompson paid $22,000 in restitution to the Department
of Revenue immediately before his sentencing.
The charges against Thompson resulted from an investigation by an
auditor with the Department of Revenue's Motor Fuels Tax Division
a special agent with the Department's Criminal Investigations Division.
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