Bail Bondsmen Charged With Tax Evasion and Theft
JACKSON - The Special Investigations Section of the Tennessee Department of Revenue conducted the investigation that led to the yesterday’s arrest of Darryl Lewis, age 55, and David Lewis, age 60, the owners of Lewis Bail Bonds in Jackson. The Madison County Sherriff’s office arrested the two men, and bond was set at $5,000 each.
On June, 3, 2019, the Madison County Grand Jury returned indictments of felony tax evasion and felony theft over $10,000.
“The Department of Revenue promotes voluntary taxpayer compliance by educating taxpayers, aggressively pursuing criminal sanctions and demanding accountability when taxpayers engage in fraudulent activity," Revenue Commissioner David Gerregano said. "This indictment underscores the department's ongoing efforts to enforce Tennessee's tax laws."
If convicted, Darryl Lewis and David Lewis could be sentenced to a maximum of two years in the state penitentiary and fined up to $3,000.00 for each Class E felony. They could also be sentenced to a maximum of six years and fined up to $10,000 for the Class C felony.
The Department is pursuing this criminal case in cooperation with District Attorney Jody Pickens’ 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, as well as the collection of taxes and fees associated with those laws. The Department collects about 87 percent of total state revenue. During the 2018 fiscal year, it collected $14.5 billion in state taxes and fees and more than $2.8 billion in taxes and fees for local governments. To learn more about the Department, visit www.tn.gov/revenue.