Greensboro Hotel Manager Pleads Guilty To State Tax Charges

Date:  August 1, 2008

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

John W. Johnson, 38, of 111 West Washington St., Greensboro pleaded guilty on July 31, 2008 to one count each of embezzlement of state and county taxes.

Superior Court Judge Michael R. Morgan sentenced Johnson to a 13-month minimum, 16-month maximum prison term. Johnson has been incarcerated since his arrest on May 13, 2008, and received credit for time served. The remainder of his sentence was suspended and he was placed on supervised probation for 36 months. He was also ordered to pay restitution of $48,584.93 to the North Carolina Department of Revenue, perform 100 hours of community service and pay a $2,500 criminal fine.

An investigation by a special agent with the Department of Revenue found that Johnson aided and abetted Worth, Inc., doing business as The Biltmore Greensboro Hotel, to feloniously embezzle and willfully misapply state and Guilford County sales taxes totaling $48,584.93. At the time of the offenses, Johnson was the president of Worth, Inc., and manager of The Biltmore Greensboro Hotel, located at 111 West Washington St., Greensboro. The offenses occurred from Jan. 1, 2004 through July 31, 2007.

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



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