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James Christopher Robinson
Courtesy of Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office

Granite Falls Man Who Owned Hickory Businesses Pleads Guilty To Federal Fraud Charges

51-year-old James Christopher Robinson of Granite Falls, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge David C. Keesler Wednesday (January 17) and pleaded guilty to federal charges for tax and credit card fraud. The announcement was made by Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

According to filed plea documents and Wednesday’s court hearing, Robinson was the owner of multiple cabinet manufacturing and retail businesses in the Hickory area, including Cabinet Solutions USA Inc., Best Cabinet Doors, LLC, Cabinet Doors Fast, LLC, and Cox Manufacturing, LLC (collectively, Cabinet Companies).

As Robinson admitted in court Wednesday, between March 2020 and April 2023, Robinson accessed the credit cards of Cabinet Companies’ customers and without authorization made 294 fraudulent credit card charges totaling approximately $1 million. Robinson also created at least four counterfeit checks totaling more than $93,000, using information from actual checks written to his Cabinet Companies by customers.

Plea documents also show that for tax years 2017 to 2022, Robinson caused two of his companies to fail to comply with their employment tax obligations by failing to timely account for and pay over more than $3.1 million in employment taxes. Court documents indicate that Robinson used the stolen funds to make large cash withdrawals from his business accounts and make hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash deposits at casinos.

Robinson pleaded guilty to access device fraud, which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison, and failure to truthfully account for and pay over trust fund taxes which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison. Robinson is released on bond. A sentencing date has not been set. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jenny G. Sugar of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte is prosecuting the case.