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Former Manager of the Biltmore Greensboro Hotel
 Charged with Embezzling $48k in Sales Tax
By Dioni Wise, News & Record, Greensboro, N.C.McClatchy-Tribune Regional News

May 21, 2008 - RALEIGH -- A Greensboro businessman was charged on Tuesday with one count each of embezzling state and Guilford County sales tax, according to a news release.

John Worth Johnson, 38, of 111 W. Washington St., was arrested last week by the Myrtle Beach, S.C. Police Department on fugitive felony tax charges filed by the N.C. Department of Revenue.

Johnson was extradited back to North Carolina and appeared before a Wake County magistrate. He was put in the Wake County jail under a $100,000 bail.

He is set to go to Wake County District Court at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 11.

Arrest warrants allege that Johnson aided and abetted Worth Inc. to embezzle and misapply state and Guilford County taxes totaling $48,584.93.

The offenses occurred from Jan. 1, 2004 through July 31, 2007. During that time, Johnson was president of Worth Inc. and hotel manager of the Biltmore Greensboro Hotel, where he resided.

The charges against Johnson resulted from an investigation by the Greensboro Field Examinations Division and a special agent with the Department's Criminal Investigations Division in Raleigh.

Contact Dioni L. Wise at 373-7059 or dioni.wise@news-record.com

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