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Warrant issued for absent co-owner of Thane Ore House Salmon Bake

George H. Jefferson, 50, pleads not guilty to failing to pay city taxes

Posted: March 6, 2013 - 8:45pm  |  Updated: March 7, 2013 - 2:15am
George H. Jefferson, 50, leaves Juneau District Court on Wednesday after his arraignment on charges of failing to pay city sales taxes. Jefferson and his wife, Virgina, are co-owners of the Thane Ore House Salmon Bake.  Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
George H. Jefferson, 50, leaves Juneau District Court on Wednesday after his arraignment on charges of failing to pay city sales taxes. Jefferson and his wife, Virgina, are co-owners of the Thane Ore House Salmon Bake.

A judge issued a warrant for the arrest of a 54-year-old woman accused with her husband of failing to pay city sales taxes from 2009 to 2012.

Judge Keith Levy ordered the $500 bench warrant for Virginia A. Jefferson, 54, who owns the Thane Ore House Salmon Bake alongside her husband George H. Jefferson, 50, when she did not appear in Juneau District Court for their joint arraignment Wednesday.

George Jefferson told Levy his wife has been out of the state and in California since December. Court records indicate she has not yet been served a summons informing her of when to appear in court, whereas George Jefferson was served a summons in late January.

Still, Levy granted Assistant City Attorney Robyn Carlisle’s request for the warrant, saying it’s the only way to compel her return to Juneau.

“Given the allegation that she’s left the jurisdiction, I don’t have any way of getting her here other than to issue a warrant,” Levy said.

The Jeffersons are each facing 26 charges for failing to pay city sales taxes — 13 of those counts are for failing to file and 13 are for failing to remit from July 2009 through September 2012.

City prosecutors say the couple in October 2012 owed the City and Borough of Juneau about $25,000 in unremitted sales tax, penalties and interest, an amount that continued to accrue interest and penalties at a rate of 10 percent per year.

CBJ is seeking approximately $35,600 in restitution, according to an affidavit filed by Assistant City Attorney August Petropulos.

Violating CBJ’s uniform sales tax code is a misdemeanor criminal offense punishable by up to a year in jail and/or a $10,000 fine.

On Wednesday, the judge entered a not guilty plea on George Jefferson’s behalf. George Jefferson said he was planning on hiring an attorney. He is next scheduled to appear in court for a representation hearing in two weeks, and he is slated to stand trial in May.

He declined to comment for this article. He was previously released on his own recognizance, which means he did not have to post bail but still has to abide by standard conditions of release.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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