Wake Forest company owner accused of embezzling state, county sales tax

From staff reportsDecember 16, 2013 

— The owner of two Wake Forest events companies is accused of taking state and Wake County sales tax for himself or the companies.

The N.C. Department of Revenue alleges that Antonio Lamar Bryan, 41, took about $2,231 of state sales tax and $1,083 of county tax for his personal use between Jan. 1, 2008, and Dec. 31, 2009, while he owned a company called Bounce Around Inflatables.

Other warrants charge that he embezzled $10,079 of state sales taxes and $3,940 of county tax for use by A+ Event Rentals LLC, which the papers say he founded, and where he was an officer.

Those taxes were misdirected between Jan. 1, 2010, and last Feb. 28, the department charged.

A+ Events advertises itself as a provider of signs, concessions, games, inflatables and entertainers.

Bryan, of 570 Timberknoll Lane in Wake Forest, was arrested Monday on two felony charges of embezzlement of state property regarding the state sales tax and two felony counts of embezzlement by an officer or trustee regarding the county tax.

He was being held at the Wake County Detention Center in lieu of $40,000 bail.

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