Wake County Man Pleads Guilty to State Tax Charges


RALEIGH – A Wake County man pleaded guilty Tuesday in Wake County District Court to tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Francis J. Bowman III, 40, of 547 S. Main Street, Wake Forest, pleaded guilty on October 20, 2015 to four counts of Willful Failure to File North Carolina Individual Income Tax Returns.

Wake County District Court Judge Louis Meyer sentenced Bowman to a 45-day prison term. The sentence was suspended and Bowman was placed on unsupervised probation for 18 months.  He was also ordered to complete 100 hours of community service and pay a $750 fine.
Bowman paid over $21,000 in restitution prior to the plea.

Information presented in court showed that Bowman, sole shareholder of Frank Bowman Designs, LLC, willfully failed to file North Carolina Individual Income Tax Returns for the tax years 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.  During this period of time Frank Bowman Designs, LLC had gross receipts totaling $426,000 for 2009, $318,000 for 2010, $625,000 for 2011, and $1,100,000 for 2012.  

The charges against Bowman resulted from an investigation by a special agent with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Section in Raleigh.


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