Norman R. Shue, 66, former owner of Circa Home Interiors, formerly located at 230 Franklin Road in Franklin pleaded guilty today to 11 counts of sales tax evasion.
As part of the plea agreement, Shue is required to pay $14,190.06 in restitution to the State of Tennessee for sales tax he collected but intentionally did not remit between May 2004 through October 2004 and December 2004 through April 2005.
Shue was sentenced to three years in the state penitentiary with all time suspended to probation. All other felony counts against him were dismissed.
“The Department of Revenue is committed to applying Tennessee’s tax laws and policies uniformly to all taxpayers to ensure a level playing field,” said Revenue Commissioner Reagan Farr. “The department cannot and will not allow people engaged in fraudulent tax activities to have a competitive advantage over honest businesspeople.”
Shue still faces similar charges in Davidson County.
This case was pursued criminally by the department in cooperation with District Attorney General Kim R. Helper’s Office.
Citizens who suspect violations of Tennessee's revenue laws should call the toll-free tax fraud hot line at (800) FRAUDTX.