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Kingsport business owner, Bill McConnell, surrenders on sales tax evasion charges

James William McConnell (Source: Sullivan County Sheriff's Office) James William McConnell (Source: Sullivan County Sheriff's Office)
SULLIVAN COUNTY, TN (WJHL) -

A Kingsport business owner turned himself in to the sheriff’s office on sales tax evasion charges. James William McConnell, 78, of Meadowview, VA was recently indicted after an investigation by the Tennessee Department of Revenue.

According to a report, McConnell surrendered to special agents at the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office in Blountville.

His bond was set at $200,000.

A grand jury indicted McConnell on 34 Class E felony counts of sales tax evasion. The indictments charge that McConnell, owner of Bill McConnell Auto Painting and Body Works attempted to evade paying nearly $31,000 in sales tax by filing false tax returns from January 2009 to October 2011.

“The majority of businesses pay appropriate taxes,” said Revenue Commissioner Richard H. Roberts. “I hope this case will serve as a warning to others who think they can get away with tax fraud in Tennessee.”

If convicted, McConnell could face a maximum of two years in the state penitentiary and fined $3,000 for each count of sales tax evasion.

Citizens who suspect violations of Tennessee’s revenue laws should call the toll-free tax fraud hot line at (800) FRAUDTX (372-8389).

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