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Owner of Augusta catering company charged with untaxed alcohol possession

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The owner of an Augusta catering company was charged with possession of untaxed alcohol following an investigation by the Georgia Department of Revenue.

William Robert Williams, 41, was charged with untaxed alcohol possession after his business, Roux's Catering Service, was investigated in mid-March by the Georgia Department of Revenue.  SPECIAL
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William Robert Williams, 41, was charged with untaxed alcohol possession after his business, Roux's Catering Service, was investigated in mid-March by the Georgia Department of Revenue.


William Robert Williams, 41, was arrested by Richmond County authorities Friday after agents from the revenue department’s Alcohol and Tobacco Division went to Williams’ downtown business, Roux’s Catering Service, in mid-March on suspicion that he illegally transported alcohol from North Augusta into Georgia to sell to patrons of his catering service.

Williams told agents that he sold alcohol as part of his catering package, according to the department’s incident report. He said he bought the alcohol in South Carolina because it was less expensive.

Williams was charged with one count of untaxed alcohol possession, which is a misdemeanor, according to jail administrators.

He was released Friday from the Richmond County jail soon after he was booked. His bond was set at $1,200.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/26/13 - 12:23 pm
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Untax

Well, if the liquor was untaxed, of course it would be cheaper. My question is, how did he work buying the alcohol without paying South Carolina alcohol taxes?

rocketserve
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rocketserve 03/26/13 - 12:29 pm
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Who did he make mad...
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down at the county office to make them come and investigate him for this? So because he bought the stuff in N. Augusta and sold it, then we waste the time of everyone to arrest him? Can I get arrested for buying gas and using it in my car in GA because it is cheaper in SC? Lets go even further than that...Why doesn't the county go and investigate the Masters Housing Authority or any private citizen who rents out a house for tens of thousands of dollars for a week and "includes" the Masters badges. They have figured out a creative way to scalp tickets to the Masters and say that they are included in the rental when in reality they are selling the badges WAY above face value to corporations that come in for the week and buy them up. Meanwhile if a guy stands on Washington Road and makes $50-100 bucks, they will haul him to jail.

BamaMan
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BamaMan 03/26/13 - 12:31 pm
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taxes

I was thinking the same thing, LL. If he hasn't paid taxes in 17 years like another site stated, I'm thinking his days of catering are numbered. That's ALOT of money.

rocketserve
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rocketserve 03/26/13 - 12:32 pm
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Untax...
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He paid SC taxes obviously because it was bought in SC, but GA is mad because they didn't get their share...yet he is paying business taxes in GA and not SC. So maybe SC could get in on the arresting business and demand their share of his tax that he has to pay GA for his profit on catering.

rocketserve
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rocketserve 03/26/13 - 12:34 pm
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Careful BamaMan
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This site will pull your comment for posting rumors about him not paying taxes for 17 years if you didn't read it here.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/26/13 - 01:30 pm
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Haha...Love LL's sarcasm.

Haha...Love LL's sarcasm.

Cameron Poe
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Cameron Poe 03/26/13 - 02:18 pm
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Whoa! Wait a minute. I

Whoa! Wait a minute. I thought that as long as the business was happening in the CSRA, well, then it benefitted us all? At least that is what our city council and mayor have been telling us. Hmmm...?

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 03/26/13 - 02:23 pm
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jail space for him but the
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jail space for him but the thugs, drug dealers, and other animals get a slap on the wrist what a waste of resources to arrest him....

triscuit
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triscuit 03/26/13 - 02:55 pm
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this is a witch hunt by

this is a witch hunt by someone.

gargoyle
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gargoyle 03/26/13 - 08:06 pm
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Slap on the wrist

Person in possession of untaxed alcohol is probably the least he could be charged.If a invoice was found that itemized for drinks ,that could be called tax evasion.The States get a tad testy about evading sin taxes and transporting contraband across lines for resale.

Willie Loman
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Willie Loman 03/26/13 - 09:12 pm
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What a crock!!

I am sure taxes were paid on the purchase of the alcohol (to SC). Just not to the proper sovereign state according to GA. Mr. Williams was selling a catering package. What if he bought his cream puffs on eBay from Oregon?? Would there be a s big a fuss? Probably not. He used the supplier that provided him the best deal and then provided the service requested from his clients. Move on, nothing to see here. And yes, he is obviously a threat to one of his competitors. Who is now picking up more business in the the run up to Masters week? Hmmmm...

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/26/13 - 09:40 pm
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Two-State Community.

The complications of living and doing business in a two-state community. I'd like to see someone attempt to pay taxes on alcohol brought in SC. The Georgia tax people wouldn't know what to do.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 03/27/13 - 07:08 am
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Rocketserve

One, you are not selling the gas you buy in NA. Two, selling Masters tickets above face value is not against the law except within 2700 ft of the event venue. Same as any other event in Ga.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/27/13 - 07:36 am
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Purchase

I wonder whether he purchased the alcohol wholesale or retail over in SC. At what point in the distribution chain is the alcohol tax first applied? Are there any merchants reading this forum who can inform us?

David Parker
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David Parker 03/27/13 - 08:34 am
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The 17 years of unpaid

The 17 years of unpaid license fees to serve alcohol is where it gets serious. If you've operated unfairly by avoiding something that a competitor is required to pay and DOES pay, then you are in the wrong. Sorry, that's just fair play. If the business was not required to pay a license to serve/sell alcohol, then yes, this is a witch-hunt.

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soapy_725 03/27/13 - 09:10 am
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Is he a competitor of Mr. Blanchard?
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Or any of the "catering services" gearing up for the glorious week of MASTERS? The week when all is clean and pearly white in the ARC of NO COVENANT. When the AC shuts down the rants and raves. When crime ceases to exist in our fair city. When all is lollipops and roses.

A magical time. A time unknown to the average resident of ARC.

indiegirl
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indiegirl 03/27/13 - 09:44 am
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This is so incredibly dumb.

This is so incredibly dumb. WHAT a stupid charge.....& investigation!!!!
SERIOUSLY?!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/27/13 - 10:36 am
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I don't think this meets the

I don't think this meets the description of selling alcohol as bars do. He deals with private parties where the alcohol is given away by whoever is paying for the party. It could be argued he is only working as an agent for whoever is paying for the party. He goes into SC to buy alcohol(or orders from out of state) as an agent for the person giving the party.

rocketserve
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rocketserve 03/27/13 - 10:58 am
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Justthefacts
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OK, so if I have a delivery service that I charge a delivery fee for and I purchase my gas in N. Augusta and then make deliveries in Augusta, is THAT any different.
The law on the Masters tickets has recently changed, but that practice was going on for years before the law was changed and nothing ever happened because it was "part of the rental deal". But everyone knew what was really going on.
Like I said, as well as a few others, he probably got some business from a caterer that has inroads to the county government who then went to the state. His real problem was that he did not creatively word his catering operation to say the alcohol was complimentary as part of his service.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 03/27/13 - 11:02 am
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RM

He was selling the alcohol to the folks giving the party...for a profit. At least that is way I see it. He bought it for a dollar and sold it for two. I don't see any difference between that and a bar other than the number of customers.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/27/13 - 11:14 am
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JTF, the alcohol was being

JTF, the alcohol was being given away to the drinkers is a fact. It could be said the caterer was acting as the party giver's agent only going to pick up the booze. He could claim he was only making money off the food items, not the alcohol. Would it be unreasonable for a caterer to say he would pick up the booze for the person giving the party? If the person told hm to get it in SC, that's his choice.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 03/27/13 - 11:12 am
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Rocket

Can we agree he broke the law? Maybe it is a stupid law. Maybe he didn't know he was breaking the law. But, he broke the law. Do we want our laws applied arbitrarily or consistantly? Fight to have the law changed if it is unfair.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 03/27/13 - 11:16 am
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RM

Maybe, if he can prove he wasn't charging the party givers for the booze he can get off. I wish him luck.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/27/13 - 12:19 pm
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I can't argue with JTF. He's

I can't argue with JTF. He's too nice a guy.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 03/27/13 - 02:37 pm
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Thanks, but not arguing

Just discussing. Not important enough to argue. The next time we discuss alcohol, it will be over how many beers you owe me when UGA takes down Clempson. (:

David Parker
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David Parker 03/27/13 - 02:41 pm
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Creativity wording and

Creativity wording and subjective interpretation? Really!?!? Oh that's rich. If you can stay in business while operating within free-market rules, then I've no issue. Step beyond that and YOU are part of the problem.

thewayitis
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thewayitis 03/27/13 - 05:18 pm
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When everything is a crime it

When everything is a crime it is easy for the law to be abused by those in a position to abuse it for personal gain or to settle vendettas. With reality TV getting dumber and more crass and uncivilized, it all reminds me of The Running Man.

gargoyle
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gargoyle 03/27/13 - 08:42 pm
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" the alcohol was being given

" the alcohol was being given away to the drinkers is a fact. It could be said the caterer was acting as the party giver's agent only going to pick up the booze. He could claim he was only making money off the food items, not the alcohol." Riverman1
A person could open a bar without a permit by giving away booze after the patron bought peanuts if that aurgument could be made. : )

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