Knox County Resident Indicted for Tax Evasion

Karen Stephanie Garson has been indicted for evading use tax in Knox County.

The Special Investigations Section of the Tennessee Department of Revenue has led an investigation resulting in the indictment of Karen Stephanie Garson. Garson, aged 49, was booked into the Knox County Jail on Wednesday.

The Knox County Grand Jury indicted Garson on one count of evading use tax, alleging that she falsified vehicle transfer documentation. “The Department of Revenue has always been committed to making sure Tennessee’s tax laws and procedures are applied uniformly to ensure fairness,” said Revenue Commissioner David Gerregano. “We can never allow individuals engaged in fraudulent tax activity to have a competitive advantage over honest Tennesseans.”

If found guilty, Garson could face a maximum sentence of two years in the state penitentiary and a fine of up to $3,000 for tax evasion. The Department of Revenue is collaborating with District Attorney Charme Allen’s office to pursue this criminal case.

Citizens who suspect violations of Tennessee’s revenue laws are encouraged to call the toll-free tax fraud hotline 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. The department collects around 87 percent of the total state revenue. 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

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