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Special Investigations News Release

For Immediate Release: Dec. 4, 2012

Fayette County Resident Surrenders on Sales Tax Evasion,
Forgery, and False Report Charges

Pulliam Booking PhotoNashville, Tenn. - The Special Investigations Section of the Tennessee Department of Revenue conducted the investigation that led to the surrender of Gerald J. Pulliam, age 61. Pulliam turned himself in to the Fayette County Sheriff's Office on November 26, 2012, where he was arrested and placed on $5,000 bond.

On November 26, 2012, Pulliam was indicted by a Fayette County Grand Jury on one count of sales tax evasion in violation of Tenn. Code Ann. Section 67-1-1440(g), a Class E felony; one count of forgery in violation of Tenn. Code Ann. Section 39-14-114, a Class E felony; and one count of filing a false report to a law enforcement officer in violation of Tenn. Code Ann. Section 39-16-502, a Class D felony. The indictments relate to Pulliam's registration of a boat with the Fayette County Clerk's Office.

If convicted, Pulliam could be sentenced to a maximum of two years in the state penitentiary and fined up to $3,000 for each Class E felony charge and a maximum of four years in the state penitentiary and fined up to $5,000 for the Class D felony charge.

"The Department of Revenue promotes voluntary taxpayer compliance by educating taxpayers, aggressively pursuing criminal sanctions and demanding accountability when taxpayers engage in fraudulent activity," said Revenue Commissioner Richard H. Roberts. "This investigation underscores the department's ongoing efforts to enforce Tennessee's tax laws."

This case was pursued criminally by the department in cooperation with District Attorney General Michael Dunavant'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).

In addition to collecting state taxes, over $2.0 billion of local sales and business taxes were collected by the department for local governments during the 2012 fiscal year. Besides collecting taxes, the department enforces the revenue laws fairly and impartially in an effort to encourage voluntary taxpayer compliance. The department also apportions revenue collections for distribution to the various state funds and local units of government. To learn more about the department, log on to www.TN.gov/revenue.

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