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Owner of J.D.'s charged with tax evasion

A local business owner was arrested on Friday, Nov. 14, for allegedly committing tax evasion.
According to information from the Tennessee Department of Revenue, Sherry Mae Edwards, 50, the owner of J.D.’s Market & Deli in Erwin, was indicted on Nov. 10 by a Unicoi County grand jury on 17 counts of sales tax evasion, which is a Class E felony.
An investigation by the Special Investigations Section of the Tennessee Department of Revenue led to =Edwards’ indictment and arrest by special agents.
According to the state, the indictment charges that Edwards “willfully attempted to evade $55,247.24 in sales tax owed to the state from May 2011 through September 2012.”
“Tennessee's tax structure depends on taxpayers voluntarily complying with the laws,” Revenue Commissioner Richard Roberts said in a news release from the state. “Taxpayers who collect but intentionally do not remit sales tax breach the public's trust and violate the criminal laws of the state. This case underscores our commitment to rigorous and fair administration of Tennessee's tax laws.”
Edwards bond was set at $10,000. Unicoi County jail officers said she was released on bond on Friday. She is scheduled to appear in Unicoi County court on Dec. 15.
According to the state, if she is convicted, Edwards could be sentenced up to a maximum of two years in the state penitentiary. She could also be fined up to $3,000 for each count of tax evasion.
The state reported that District Attorney General Tony Clark’s office cooperated with the investigation.
Citizens who suspect violations of Tennessee's revenue laws should call the toll-free tax fraud hot line at (800) FRAUDTX (372-8389), the state also reported.