Wake County Businessman Pleads Guilty in State Tax Case


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

Antonio L. Bryan, 42, of 570 Timberknoll Lane, Wake Forest, pleaded guilty on October 10, 2014 to two counts of Willful Failure to Pay Over State Sales Tax and two counts of Willful Failure to Pay Over County Sales Tax.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Paul Gessner sentenced Bryan to a 45-day prison term. The sentence was suspended and Bryan was placed on unsupervised probation for 36 months. He was also ordered to perform 100 hours of community service, pay a $4,000 fine by November 1, 2014, and stay current with all tax obligations. He paid full restitution totaling $17,332.99 prior to his plea.

Information presented in court showed that Bryan, owner of Bounce Around Inflatables, and A+ Event Rentals, LLC., collected and failed to pay over approximately $12,000 in North Carolina sales tax and approximately $5,200 in Wake County sales tax, during the period January 1, 2008 through February 28, 2013. During this period of time, Bryan owned and operated the businesses, and had a duty to remit sales tax to the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

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

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