Wake County Business Owner Charged in State Tax Case

August 11, 2016

RALEIGH – A Wake County business owner was arrested Thursday on felony and misdemeanor charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Anh Van Shepard, 49, of 12132 Pawleys Mill Circle, Raleigh, was charged on August 11, 2016 with four counts of Embezzlement of State Property, four counts of Embezzlement of Wake County Property, and two counts of Willful Failure to File Return, Supply Information, or Pay Tax.

Arrest warrants allege that Shepard, the owner of Chique Prom located at 5959 Triangle Towne Blvd. Ste. 2113 in Raleigh, embezzled, misapplied and converted to her own use $74,673.81 in North Carolina and Wake County Sales Tax from January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2014. During this period of time, Shepard was the responsible person of Chique Prom, which was under a duty to collect, hold in trust, and remit North Carolina State Taxes to the North Carolina Department of Revenue. Additional misdemeanor warrants allege that Shepard was required to file a 2011 and 2014 North Carolina Individual Income Tax Return, but willfully failed to file the returns.

Shepard appeared before a Wake County magistrate and was placed under a $120,000 bond. A first appearance was scheduled for August 11, 2016 in Wake County District Court in Raleigh.

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

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