HICKORY, N.C. (WBTV) – A Catawba County business owner pled guilty Wednesday to making nearly $1 million in fraudulent credit card charges and tax fraud.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Western District of NC said that 51-year-old James Christopher Robinson made the fraudulent charges between March 2020 and April 2023.
Robinson was the owner of multiple cabinet manufacturing and retail businesses in the Hickory area, and during the time of the crimes, used customer credit cards to complete 294 unauthorized charges.
In addition to the credit card allegations, Robinson also created at least four counterfeit checks using information from real customer checks. The total value of the checks was more than $93,000, court documents revealed.
Documents also showed that for tax years 2017-22, Robinson did not comply with employment tax obligations by failing to timely account for and pay more than $3.1 million in employment taxes. The court found that he used the stolen funds to make large cash withdrawals from business accounts to make hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash deposits at casinos.
At the conclusion of his court appearance, Robinson pled guilty to access device fraud, and failure to truthfully account for and pay over trust fund taxes. The charges carry a combined maximum of 20 years in prison.
He has been released on bond. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
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