Gladys Knight’s Son Accused Of Tax Evasion, Restaurants Raided

Rucuss staffJune 23, 2016

Gladys Knight son, Shanga Hankerson has been accused of stealing tax money from several Atlanta Gladys Knight’s Chicken and Waffles restaurants.

The Georgia Department of Revenue executed a warrant to raid the headquarters on Tuesday, but were unable to make an arrest. Josh Waites  of the Georgia Department of Revenue’s Office of Special Investigations said the raid was executed in search of tax records documenting efforts to collect money paid by customers for sales tax or withheld from the employees, Fox News reports. Authorities allege Hankerson stole more than $650,000 in sales and withheld taxes for his personal use. The total stolen amount sums up to more than $1 million.

Waites stated authorities are working with Hankerson’s legal team “to have the business up and running again as soon as possible.” While negotiations are still being worked through, authorities have said that Gladys Knight is not suspected of any criminal activity.

“Gladys Knight lent her name to her son’s restaurants in the Atlanta area, similar to a celebrity endorsement,” a statement from Knight read. “Ms. Knight was not involved in any way with the operation of the restaurants and she is sure that her son and his business partners will rectify the situation. As always, her main concern is for her family’s well-being and she is making sure the family has the guidance they need to assess the situation and move forward.”

Hankerson, 39, was booked into Clayton County Jail in Jonesboro, Ga., just before 4 a.m. Wednesday on two counts of theft by taking, jail records show. He was released more than ten hours later on $22,400 bond.

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