Businessman pleads guilty to more tax evasion charges

Friday, July 17, 2009 at 4:33am
Staff reports

Norman R. Shue, 66, former owner of Circa Home Interiors formerly located at 4281 Sidco Drive in Nashville pleaded guilty Thursday in the Davidson County Criminal Court to three felony counts of sales tax evasion.

All other felony counts against him were dismissed. He was sentenced to three years in the state penitentiary with all time suspended to probation. As part of the plea agreement, Shue paid $21,177.73 in restitution to the state for sales tax he collected but intentionally did not remit from June through Dec. 2005.

This is the second guilty plea from Shue this week. On Monday, he pleaded guilty to 11 felony counts of sales tax evasion in Williamson County where he also was required to pay $14,190.06 in restitution. In that case he also received a three-year suspended sentence.

“The majority of businesses pay appropriate taxes,” said Revenue Commissioner Reagan Farr. “This case serves as a warning to others who think they can get away with tax fraud in Tennessee. We will continue to pursue criminal activity and prosecute tax evaders to maintain fairness in our tax structure for Tennesseans.”

1 Comment on this post:

By: bum55 on 7/17/09 at 10:32

So we pay to prosecute them and then they pay what they should have originally and get off. Where is the disincentive much less punishment? Another triumph of justice.