Gladys Knight’s son sentenced to two years in prison for tax evasion

Otis Knight’s guilty plea comes after investments went bad and he failed to pay $340,000 in taxes and utilities Otis Knight, the son of singer Gladys Knight, has been sentenced to two years in…

Otis Knight’s guilty plea comes after investments went bad and he failed to pay $340,000 in taxes and utilities

Otis Knight, the son of singer Gladys Knight, has been sentenced to two years in prison after failing to pay $340,000 in income taxes.

“This is going to send a strong message that if you come into my house and steal from me, there’s going to be consequences,” Knight said.

Tax convictions are fairly common among entertainers. Last year rapper Turk, whose given name is Trent Dabbs, was sentenced to 10 years for owing $5.1m in taxes. In 2011, singer Kanye West was sentenced to 18 months for failing to pay $168,000 in taxes. In 1999 John Taylor, son of U2 frontman Bono, was sentenced to one year for failing to pay $112,000 in taxes.

Otis Knight, 41, pleaded guilty to failing to pay property taxes on a $2.3m Texas-based restaurant in March. He and his wife inherited the Roadrunner Bar-B-Que Restaurant in 2002. They ran the eatery from their home, but it did not pan out because they failed to expand it. In 2007, they borrowed $100,000 from creditors to keep the restaurant open and later sold $2.1m in franchise rights for a Washington DC restaurant.

Otis Knight was also fined $25,000 by a Texas district court judge and had all of his assets, including one Ferrari, seized.

Knight paid $230,000 to settle his case with Texas county tax authorities in March. Gladys Knight said she was not responsible for her son’s tax bill and did not want to pay it, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Gladys Knight, 72, and her husband, John Knight, 76, both filed for bankruptcy in 2008. The former Soul Train host last year was among the famous faces to support Roland Burris in his unsuccessful campaign to become the next Senator from Illinois. The Senator defeated John McCain in the Democratic party primary to replace Obama in the 2008 race for the Senate, which was famously marred by the Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, who is now in prison on corruption charges.

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