Jackson County Man Pleads Guilty to State Tax Charges


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

Eric G. Wilson, 40, of 382 Wild Ridge, Cashiers, North Carolina, pleaded guilty on September 28, 2017 to four counts of Willful Failure to File Return, Supply Information, or Pay Tax.

Wake County District Court Judge Debra A. Sasser sentenced Wilson to a 45-day prison term. The sentence was suspended and Wilson was placed on supervised probation for 36 months. Wilson was also ordered to complete 100 hours of community service and pay a $3,400.00 fine. Wilson paid $8,965.00 towards the total restitution amount of $22,723.00, at time of plea, and filed his delinquent tax returns prior to court.

Information presented in court showed that Wilson, owner of Audio Visual Associates, Inc., willfully failed to file North Carolina Individual Income Tax Returns for the tax years 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. The charges against Wilson resulted from an investigation by special agents with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Section in Raleigh, and was prosecuted by the Special Prosecutions attorneys in the office of the Attorney General.