Craven County Convenience Store Owner Arrested in State Tax Case
March 29, 2016
RALEIGH – A Craven County convenience store owner was arrested Tuesday on felony and misdemeanor tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.
Abrahim Abdo Ali, 48, of 2777 Hwy 55 W, Kinston, was charged on March 22, 2016 with four counts of Embezzlement of State Property, four counts of Embezzlement of County Property, three counts of Attempting to Evade or Defeat Tax, and one count of Willful Failure to File Return, Supply Information, or Pay Tax.
Arrest warrants allege that Ali, the owner of New Way Food Mart located at 108 West Kornegay Street in Dover, embezzled, misapplied, and converted to his own use $23,387.89 in North Carolina and Craven County Sales Tax from June 1, 2011 through December 31, 2014. During this period of time, Ali was the responsible person of New Way Food Mart, which was under a duty to collect, hold in trust, and remit North Carolina State Taxes to the North Carolina Department of Revenue. Additional felony warrants allege that Ali attempted to evade income tax on his 2011, 2012, and 2013 North Carolina Individual Income Tax Returns by underreporting gross receipts from his business, and a misdemeanor warrant alleges that Ali was required to file a 2014 North Carolina Individual Income Tax Return, but willfully failed to file the return.
Ali appeared before a Wake County magistrate and was placed under a $125,000.00 secured bond. A first appearance was scheduled for Wednesday March 23, 2016 in Wake County District Court in Raleigh.The charges against Ali resulted from an investigation by a special agent with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Section in Raleigh.
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