RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina revenue officials say a bookkeeper at a Concord-based business has been arrested and accused of keeping more than $400,000 in state and county taxes for the company.

Barbara Butler, 61, of Harrisburg, also is accused of keeping more than $260,000 in income tax from employees' paychecks, The News & Observer of Raleigh reported.

Butler was arrested Wednesday and was charged with two counts of embezzlement of state property and one count of embezzlement by a public officer or trustee.

Butler was the secretary treasurer and bookkeeper for Butlerbuilt Motorsports Equipment, which sold customized seats and other gear for race cars. Warrants say the money was used for the company, not for Butler personally.

It was unclear if Butler has an attorney.

The income tax withholding was not turned in to the state between 2009 and Jan. 1 of this year, according to a warrant.

The state sales tax and county sales tax money were not turned in between 2004 and Jan. 20 of this year, other warrants state.


Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com