Thomasville Businessman Pleads Guilty to State Tax Charges

Date: 10/18/2004

RALEIGH – A Thomasville businessman plead guilty on Oct. 18, 2004 in Wake County District Court to tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

William C. Stevenson, 52, pleaded guilty on Oct. 18, 2004 to one count of embezzling state property and one count of embezzling Davidson County property. Stevenson owns the Sugar Shack Bar & Grill in Thomasville.

Wake County District Court Judge Orlando F. Hudson, Jr. sentenced Stevenson to a 13-month minimum, 16-month maximum prison term. The sentence was suspended and Stevenson was placed on supervised probation for 36 months. Stevenson was also ordered to serve two weekends in the Davidson County jail as a special condition of probation. He was ordered to pay restitution of $8,283.57, perform 100 hours of community service and pay a $250 criminal fine.

The state’s evidence showed that from March 2003 through January 2004, Stevenson charged and collected North Carolina and Davidson County sales taxes from his customers and did not send those taxes to the Department of Revenue.

The charges against Stevenson resulted from an investigation by a special agent with the Department of Revenue’s Criminal Investigations Division.

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