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John C. Jones Jr.
Deputies from the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office arrested a well-known Murfreesboro commercial real estate developer Tuesday morning on suspicion of tax evasion, following an investigation by the Tennessee Department of Revenue.

John C. Jones Jr., commonly referred to as "Johnny," has been charged with four counts of failing to file franchise and excise tax returns on behalf of The Jones Company & Associates, Inc.

“The Department of Revenue promotes voluntary taxpayer compliance by educating taxpayers, aggressively pursuing criminal sanctions, and demanding accountability when taxpayers engage in fraudulent activity,” said Revenue Commissioner Richard Roberts. “This indictment underscores the department’s ongoing efforts to enforce Tennessee’s tax laws.”

Earlier this month, a Rutherford County grand jury issued an indictment, after hearing evidence alleging Jones had failed to pay more than $83,000 in taxes.

A representative from The Jones Company could not be reached for comment because the phone number listed on the company's website has been disconnected. However, during a brief cell phone interview, Jones did acknowledge the charges but would not discuss the matter further.

"I can't comment about this right now," Jones said.

The Department of Revenue worked in cooperation with District Attorney William Whitesell’s office to pursue the case criminally.

If convicted, Jones could face up to a maximum of two years in the state penitentiary and up to $3,000 in fines for each count of tax evasion.

Jones was transported and held on a $10,000 bond at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center. He was released from custody a short time later.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Jan. 6 in Rutherford County Circuit Court.

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December 20, 2011 at 4:11pm
Why is this news? I've lived here 5 years and never heard of this guy. Someone was murdered a couple nights ago in my neighborhood and haven't heard a thing about that.
December 20, 2011 at 4:13pm
White guy doesn't pay his taxes is news but murder in the hood is not.
December 21, 2011 at 11:25am
It is going to be interesting to see how Jones fares in comparison to others charged with the same thing. The owner of a tobacco outlet store for one and before that a guy who serviced computers. The DNJ reported that Jones was released by a Judge on his own recognizance - no bond posted.
December 21, 2011 at 11:58am

There was a $10,000 bond posted by a bonding company. Just because the dnj reports that he was released on his own recognizance does not mean that no bond was posted. Jones most likely paid the standard 10% cash down ($1000) to the bail bondsman. "released on his own recognizance" is language taken directly from the bond hearing transcript. Its standard.
December 21, 2011 at 4:34pm
This is the quote from the DNJ

"Bond was set at $10,000, according to the state, but Rutherford County Judge David Loughry released Jones on his own recognizance without requiring any payment, the County Jail staff reported."

December 22, 2011 at 11:23am
December 22, 2011 at 3:06pm
People get released all the time on their own recognizance. It isn't a big deal.
December 23, 2011 at 7:36am
The thing that I don't understand is how Jones a "commercial real estate developer" gets appointed to the IDB. It seems that (he) would be privy to inside information that could be financially beneficial to himself or his brother-in-law Howard Wall.
December 23, 2011 at 3:09pm
What is the IDB? I knew he was discovered to be apart of the IDP...I Didn't Pay!
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