Craven County store owner pleads guilty to tax charges

Abrahim Ali

DOVER, Craven County -

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable A Craven County businessman pleaded guilty in Superior Court on Monday to felony tax charges filed by the state's Department of revenue.

Kinston resident Abrahim Abdo Ali pleaded guilty to four counts of embezzlement of state property, four counts of embezzlement of county property and three counts of attempting to evade or defeat tax in Wake County Superior Court.

Ali, who owned New Way Food Mart in Dover, embezzled, misapplied, and converted to his own use $23,403.33 in North Carolina and Craven County Sales Tax from June 1, 2011 through December 31, 2014, according to a DOR news release. The charges stemmed from an investigation by the DOR's criminal investigations division.

Ali was sentenced to a prison term ranging from 16 to 29 months. The sentence, however, was suspended, and Ali was ordered to serve 90 days in prison, to be followed by five years of probation. He was also ordered to perform 100 hours of community service and pay more than $50,000 in fines and restitution.