Dunn Businessman Guilty of State Tax Charges
RALEIGH – A Dunn businessman pleaded guilty Monday in Wake
County District Court to a felony tax charge filed by the North Carolina
Department of Revenue.
Gary Williams, 47, of 804 Beamon St., Clinton, entered a guilty plea
to one count of attempting to evade or defeat the North Carolina sales
tax. Williams failed to report and remit $10,827 in state and Harnett
County sales taxes to the Department of Revenue from December 2001
through August 2002. The taxes were charged and collected from customers
of the Dutch Iris Florist, a retail florist located at 1110 Broad
St., Dunn. Williams owns the business.
The state's evidence showed that Williams purchased the Dutch Iris
Florist in 1994 but failed to register the business for sales tax
with the Department of Revenue. He did not report or remit the taxes
collected for this business even though he owned another floral shop
in Clinton, The Atrium, from which he reported and remitted the sales
Wake County District Court Judge Craig Croom sentenced Williams to
a six-month minimum, eight-month maximum prison term. The sentence
was suspended and he was placed on supervised probation for 36 months.
Williams was further ordered to pay a $500 criminal fine and perform
50 hours of community service. He must pay $10,827 in restitution
to the Department of Revenue by Dec. 19, 2003. Williams must also
file amended 1995 through 2002 state and federal income tax returns
to reflect his correct income from Dutch Iris Florist.
The charges against Williams resulted from an investigation by an
auditor in the Department of Revenue's Fayetteville Examinations Office
and a special agent with the Department's Criminal Investigations
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