Edgecombe County Business Owner Pleads Guilty in State Tax Case


RALEIGH – A Edgecombe County businessman pleaded guilty Monday in Wake County Superior Court to felony charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Tony Martin Summerlin, 58, of 275 Rollinwood Drive in Tarboro, North Carolina, pleaded guilty on December 14, 2015 to one count of Embezzlement of State Property.

Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway sentenced Summerlin to a 16-month minimum, 29-month maximum prison term. The sentence was suspended and Summerlin was placed on supervised probation for 60 months, and ordered to pay a $25,000 fine and serve 200 hours of community service. Summerlin paid $134,690.00 in restitution at the time of his plea.

Information presented in court showed that Summerlin, the owner of Pride Fabrication & Maintenance, LLC, located in Tarboro, aided and abetted the LLC to embezzle, misapply and convert to its own use $134,690.00 in North Carolina Withholding Tax during the period October 1, 2011 through June 30, 2014. During this period of time, Summerlin was the responsible person of Pride Fabrication & Maintenance, LLC, which was under a duty to collect, hold in trust, and remit North Carolina Withholding Taxes to the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

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

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