Rocky Mount Businessman Pleads Guilty To State Tax Charges

Date:  December 12, 2007

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

George Carlton Brown of 4800 Ashton Road, Rocky Mount pleaded guilty on Dec. 11, 2007 to two counts of sales tax evasion.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Kenneth Titus sentenced Brown to a five-month minimum, six-month maximum prison term. The sentence was suspended and Brown was placed on supervised probation for 24 months. He was also ordered to pay a $1,000 criminal fine and must perform 100 hours of community service. Before his sentencing, Brown paid $26,972.80 in restitution to the Department of Revenue.

The state’s evidence showed that Brown was part owner of Stone Innovations by Lumina, LLC, a granite and marble countertop business located in Rocky Mount. From Jan. 1, 2006 through Nov. 30, 2006, the business charged and collected sales tax from its customers even though the business was not registered with the Department of Revenue. The taxes collected were not reported or paid over to the state as required by law.

The charges against Brown resulted from an investigation by the Department’s Rocky Mount Field Examinations Office and a special agent with the Criminal Investigations Division in Raleigh.

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