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Cleveland County Return Preparer Pleads Guilty in State Tax Case

Raleigh

RALEIGH – A Shelby return preparer pleaded guilty Tuesday in Wake County Superior Court to tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Louis D. Banner, 42, of 215 Merit Drive, Shelby, pleaded guilty on July 28, 2015 to two counts of Willful Failure to Supply Tax Information and one count of Willful Failure to File a North Carolina Individual Income Tax Return.

Superior Court Judge Elaine M. Bushfan sentenced Banner to 45 day prison term.  The sentence was suspended and Banner was placed on supervised probation for 18 months.  Banner paid $10,000 toward restitution at the time of his plea, and was ordered to pay the remaining restitution of $20,609 over the period of probation. He was also ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and complete 100 hours of community service work. 

Information presented in court showed that Louis Banner is the son of Robert Banner, the owner of Jeunique’s Taxes, and that Louis Banner prepared tax returns for his father but failed to report all of the income from the business for tax years 2007 and 2010.  Banner also failed to file his own North Carolina Individual Income Tax Return for tax year 2011.

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

 


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