Durham Businessman Sentenced On State Tax Charges

Date:  August 21, 2007

RALEIGH – A former Durham businessman was sentenced Wednesday in Wake County Superior Court on tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Thomas H. Pittard, 44, of 505 Spring St., Oxford was sentenced on Aug. 22, 2007 on two counts of attempting to evade or defeat state and county sales taxes. Pittard pleaded guilty to the charges on Sept. 6, 2006 and his sentencing was delayed until today.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Howard E. Manning, Jr. sentenced Pittard to a four-month minimum, five-month maximum prison term. The sentence was suspended and Pittard was placed on probation for one year. He was also ordered to perform 275 hours of community service within the next 12 months. Before his sentencing, Pittard paid $241,307.08 in restitution to the North Carolina Department of Revenue for sales, withholding and corporate and franchise taxes.

The state’s evidence showed that Pittard, president and responsible corporate officer of Central Carolina Builders Corporation in Durham, misapplied $78,795.62 in North Carolina state sales tax and $43,731.66 in Durham County sales tax from Oct. 1, 2003 through May 22, 2006.

The charges against Pittard resulted from an investigation by the Department’s Durham Examination Office and a special agent with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division in Raleigh.

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