Buncombe Businesswoman Pleads Guilty To State Tax Evasion

Date: 12/11/2006

RALEIGH – A Buncombe County businesswoman pleaded guilty Monday in Wake County Superior Court to a felony tax charge filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Aliette V. Perez, 37, of 205 Reine Lane, Swannanoa pleaded guilty on Dec. 11, 2006 to one count of attempting to evade or defeat the North Carolina individual income withholding tax.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Joseph Jolly, Jr. sentenced Perez to a six-month minimum, eight-month maximum prison term. The sentence was suspended and Perez was placed on supervised probation for 18 months.  She was also ordered to timely file all tax returns and pay all tax due, perform 200 hours of community service and pay a $1,000 criminal fine.  Perez paid restitution of $13,363 to the Department of Revenue prior to her sentencing.

An investigation by a special agent with the North Carolina Department of Revenue found that Perez owned and operated Express Detailing, a car cleaning business.  From July 1, 2004 through June 30, 2006, Perez withheld $14,427 in state taxes from her employees’ wages, but failed to remit the taxes to the Department of Revenue.

The charges against Perez resulted from an investigation by the Department of Revenue’s Asheville Collections Office and the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division. 

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