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Wilson Businessman Charged With State Tax Offenses

Posted May 12, 2005

— A Wilson businessman was arrested Thursday on felony and misdemeanor tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Edward R. Mitchell, 58, of Westbrook Drive, was charged with two counts of aiding and abetting the embezzlement of state property, one count of aiding and abetting the embezzlement of county property, one count of willful failure to file a partnership tax return and one count of willful failure to file an individual income tax return.

The arrest warrants allege that Mitchell knowingly aided and abetted Mitchell's Ribs, Chicken & Barbecue, LLC to misapply more than $40,000 in state sales tax, more than $22,000 in Wilson County sales tax and approximately $13,000 in state withholding tax.

Mitchell was also charged with the willful failure to file North Carolina partnership income and individual income tax returns, both for tax year 2003.

Mitchell was placed under a $6,000 secured bond. His first appearance in court is scheduled for May 13 at Wake County District Court in Raleigh.

The charges against Mitchell resulted from an investigation by the Department of Revenue's Rocky Mount Office and a special agent with the Department's Criminal Investigations Division.

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