Former Williamson County Businessman Pleads Guilty To Sales Tax Evasion

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | 9:18am

FRANKLIN - The Special Investigations Section of the Tennessee Department of Revenue conducted the investigation that led to Shawn Davis pleading guilty to filing false tax returns and tax evasion last week. 

Williamson County Judge Michael Binkley accepted Davis’ guilty plea to two counts of filing false tax returns and one count of tax evasion.  Judge Binkley ordered Davis to pay restitution of $54,492.50 for unremitted sales tax.  Davis was placed on two years of supervised probation.  On November 7, 2016, the Williamson County Grand Jury indicted Davis on 17 Class E felony counts of falsification of tax returns, one Class C felony count of theft of property over $10,000 and one Class E felony count of tax evasion.  The indictments charge that Davis, 46, failed to remit sales tax due for Big Shake’s Hot Chicken & Fish, located at 1409 W. Main Street, Franklin.

“It is a felony for retailers to collect sales tax from the public and then fail to remit it to the state of Tennessee,” Revenue Commissioner David Gerregano said.  “It is a breach of the public trust, and the Department of Revenue will never quit pursuing criminal sanctions to provide accountability for these actions.”

The Department pursued this criminal case in cooperation with District Attorney Kim Helper’s office. Citizens who suspect violations of Tennessee's revenue laws should call the toll-free tax fraud hot line at (800) FRAUDTX (372-8389).

The Department of Revenue is responsible for the administration of state tax laws and motor vehicle title and registration laws and the collection of taxes and fees associated with those laws. The Department collects about 87 percent of total state revenue. During the 2016 fiscal year, it collected $13.5 billion in state taxes and fees and more than $2.6 billion in taxes and fees for local governments.  To learn more about the Department, visit www.TN.gov/revenue.