Smyrna BBQ Owner Sentenced for Tax-Related Crimes

A restaurant owner in Smyrna faces probation and restitution for tax evasion.

The Tennessee Department of Revenue’s Special Investigations Section has successfully concluded an investigation leading to the conviction of Scharneitha Britton, the owner of Kinfolks BBQ in Smyrna, for tax and theft charges. Britton had previously entered a guilty plea for these charges.

On a recent Friday, Judge Barry Tidwell handed down a sentence to Britton, imposing six years of probation and ordering her to pay restitution amounting to $68,205.73. This sentencing comes after a Rutherford County Grand Jury indicted Britton on several counts, including one Class B felony charge of theft over $60,000, 13 counts of money laundering (also Class B), and 36 felony counts of tax evasion. The allegations against Britton suggest that she underreported taxable sales and failed to remit sales tax collected from customers.

Revenue Commissioner David Gerregano emphasized the importance of such investigations, highlighting the crime of failing to remit sales tax monies collected. Gerregano pointed out that taxes collected from customers are always property of the state and local governments, underlining the customers’ right to expect these taxes to be remitted for the public good.

This criminal case was pursued in cooperation with the office of District Attorney Jennings Jones. The Department of Revenue encourages citizens to report any suspected violations of Tennessee’s revenue laws through the toll-free tax fraud hotline at (800) FRAUDTX (372-8389).

The Department of Revenue plays a crucial role in the administration of state tax laws and the collection of taxes and fees, contributing significantly to state and local governments’ revenues. In the fiscal year 2023, the department collected $22 billion in state taxes and fees and over $4.7 billion for local governments. For more information about the department and its responsibilities, visit

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