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Special Investigations News Release

For Immediate Release: Dec. 11, 2012

Humboldt Business Owner Surrenders on Tennessee Tax Evsion Charges

Humboldt, Tenn. - The Tennessee Department of Revenue's Special Investigations Section conducted the investigation that led to the surrender of Rosie Davis, age 68, of Humboldt, Tennessee. Ms. Davis who is the owner of Mid-Town Grocery, located at 602 Mclin Street, Humboldt, Tennessee, surrendered to authorities at the Gibson County Sheriff's office on December 6, 2012.

On December 3, 2012, Ms. Davis was indicted by a Gibson County Grand Jury on twenty (20) counts of tax evasion for the period April 2006 through January 2011 in violation of Tenn. Code Ann. Section 67-1-1440, a Class E felony. Each count charges Ms. Davis evaded tax for an amount over $500. If convicted, Ms. Davis could be sentenced up to a maximum of two years in the state penitentiary and fined $3,000 for each count of the indictment.

"The Department of Revenue is committed to applying Tennessee's tax laws and policies uniformly to all taxpayers to ensure a level playing field," said Revenue Commissioner Richard H. Roberts. "The department cannot and will not allow people engaged in fraudulent tax activities to have a competitive advantage over honest business people."

Prosecution of this criminal case was pursued by the department in cooperation with District Attorney General Garry Brown. Citizens who suspect violations of Tennessee's revenue laws should call the toll-free tax fraud hot line at (800) FRAUDTX (372-8389).

In addition to collecting state taxes, $2.0 billion of local sales and business taxes were collected by the department for local governments during the 2012 fiscal year. Besides collecting taxes, the department enforces the revenue laws fairly and impartially in an effort to encourage voluntary taxpayer compliance. The department also apportions revenue collections for distribution to the various state funds and local units of government. To learn more about the department, log on to www.TN.gov/revenue.

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