The “discount” from the Real Discount Tobacco & Beer on Nolensville Pike apparently came from the owner not paying sales tax.
Shop owner Mary Z. Dawoud pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of sales tax evasion, and received a sentence of two separate two-year terms to run consecutively. That sentence was, however, suspended, and Dawoud was place on probation.
The Special Investigations Section of the Tennessee Department of Revenue claimed that its investigation of the discount store at 3916 Nolensville Pike showed Dawoud, 36, filed fraudulent sales tax returns and failed to pay $21,045.35 in sales tax between March 2007 and June 2007.
As part of her plea, Dawoud agreed to pay restitution to the state. A hearing to consider diversion is set for Aug. 20, 2010.
“The majority of businesses pay appropriate taxes,” said Revenue Commissioner Reagan Farr. “This case serves as a warning to others who think they can get away with tax fraud in Tennessee. We will continue to pursue criminal activity and prosecute tax evaders to maintain fairness in our tax structure for Tennesseans.”
The Davidson County District Attorney’s office tried the case.