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Former Washington County businesswoman arrested, charged with sales tax fraud

The Special Investigations Section of the Tennessee Department of Revenue conducted the investigation that led to the indictment and subsequent arrest of Christa Dawn Hess, 38, for sales tax fraud.
On Jan. 27, Hess, former owner of Stop-N-Go/Gas Haus, located in Johnson City, was arrested by the Washington County Sheriff’s Department.
On Jan. 11, 2010, the Washington County Grand Jury returned an 18 count indictment for evasion of sales tax in violation of Tenn. Code Ann. Section 67-1-1440(g), a Class E felony. The indictment charged Hess intentionally failed to report sales tax totaling $16,045.95 to the state from March 2004 through Sept. 2005.
“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 Reagan Farr. “This investigation underscores our department’s ongoing efforts to enforce Tennessee’s tax laws.”
If convicted, Hess could be sentenced to a maximum of two years in the state penitentiary and fined $3,000 for each count.
This case was pursued criminally by the department in cooperation with District Attorney General Tony Clark’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).