Hardin County Deputy Clerk Guilty of Tax Evasion and Perjury

Kimberly Wilkerson pleaded guilty to fraudulently registering her vehicle to evade use tax.

SAVANNAH, Tenn. – Kimberly Wilkerson, a Hardin County Deputy Clerk, pleaded guilty to tax evasion and perjury following an investigation conducted by the Special Investigations Section of the Tennessee Department of Revenue.

Judge J. Brent Bradberry accepted Wilkerson’s guilty plea, which stemmed from charges that she fraudulently registered her personal vehicle to evade use tax. Wilkerson was sentenced to two years of probation, ordered to pay restitution and fines, and resign from the Hardin County Clerk’s Office.

Revenue Commissioner David Gerregano stated, “The Department of Revenue strives to promote voluntary compliance of Tennessee’s tax laws by educating taxpayers and aggressively pursuing criminal sanctions for accountability of fraudulent actors. This guilty plea underscores the department’s efforts to enforce Tennessee’s tax laws.”

The department pursued this criminal case in cooperation with District Attorney Jody Pickens’ Office. Citizens who suspect violations of Tennessee’s revenue laws are encouraged to call the toll-free tax fraud hot line at (800) FRAUDTX (372-8389).

The Department of Revenue is responsible for the administration of state tax laws and motor vehicle title and registration laws, as well as the collection of taxes and fees associated with those laws. During the 2023 fiscal year, it collected nearly $22 billion in state taxes and fees and more than $4.7 billion in taxes and fees for local governments. To learn more about the department, visit www.tn.gov/revenue.

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