Eastern Carolina Businessman Heads To Jail On Tax Charges

An Eastern Carolina businessman is headed to jail after pleading guilty to two counts of willful failure to pay sales tax.

Raymond Lawrence, Jr., 55, of Morehead City, was sentenced to two consecutive 45-day jail terms. Lawrence was ordered to pay restitution of $28,000 and a $5,000 fine.

An investigation by a special agent with the NC Department of Revenue found that during the period Jan. 1, 2004 through Dec. 31, 2005, Lawrence, the owner of Shop N Wash of Morehead City, collected North Carolina and Carteret County sales tax that he failed to remit to the Department of Revenue.

Lawrence paid $28,000 in restitution to the Department of Revenue while in court.

The charges against Lawrence resulted from an investigation by an auditor in the Department's Wilmington Examination office and a special agent with the Department's Criminal Investigations Section in Raleigh.

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