Franklin County Businessman Pleads Guilty To State Tax Charges

Date:  August 29, 2007

RALEIGH – A Franklin County businessman pleaded guilty Tuesday in Wake County Superior Court to tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Edward W. Boze, III, 38, of 5304 New Oak St., Youngsville pleaded guilty on Aug. 28, 2007 to two felony counts of attempting to evade or defeat $16,937.33 in North Carolina and Franklin County sales tax.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Abraham P. Jones sentenced Boze to two consecutive six-month minimum, eight-month maximum prison terms. The sentence was suspended and Boze was placed on supervised probation for 60 months with the first six months being intensive probation. He was ordered to pay restitution of $16,937.33, perform 100 hours of community service, and pay a $1,000 criminal fine. Boze was also ordered to timely file all future returns and pay all taxes due.

The state’s evidence showed that Boze, sole owner and operator of Roxy’s, a convenience store located in Louisburg, knowingly and willfully misapplied $10,304.57 in North Carolina sales tax and $6,632.76 in Franklin County sales tax from March 1, 2004 through Dec. 31, 2006.

The charges against Boze resulted from an investigation by the Department’s Durham Field Examinations Office and a special agent with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division.

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