KENNEWICK — A Richland flooring contractor is facing several felony charges that contend he failed to pay sales taxes and operated after his business license was revoked.
The Criminal Justice Division of the Attorney General's Office filed the charges Thursday against Daniel Clarence Medlock in Benton County Superior Court.
Medlock, 38, allegedly continued to operate Cutting Edge Hardwood Floors after the state Department of Revenue revoked his license last September for not paying taxes.
He already is awaiting trial for writing bad checks and first-degree theft in two separate cases filed earlier this year by Benton County prosecutors.
The Department of Revenue contends Medlock collected but didn't pay state sales taxes.
Since 2000, the Department of Revenue has filed nine tax warrants against him. Four of those remain unpaid, with an outstanding balance of more than $44,000, according to court records.
The state also says Medlock continued to do flooring jobs with a revoked license. Investigators found evidence of three job transactions in the Tri-Cities totaling more than $28,000.
And for two of the jobs, Medlock allegedly collected sales tax but never reported it to the department. The charges carry a maximum penalty of $10,000 and five years in prison.
The Department of Revenue is requesting individuals who may have done business with Medlock since September to contact the agency's Richland office at 734-7526.
Medlock couldn't be reached for comment because his listed business phone number is disconnected. He is due in court July 28.
In February, the Richland businessman was accused of writing bad checks. The February filing claims Medlock gave two checks -- one for $785.40 and the other for $3,903.20 -- to Todd Gargano of Luke's Carpet in Kennewick to pay for products bought at the store.
Neither check, drawn on Kennewick Community Credit Union, was honored, and Medlock made no attempt to make them good, according to the charges.
In March, he was charged in another Benton County Superior Court case with first-degree theft. Prosecutors allege he took a $5,668.69 down payment from a couple last year to install hardwood floors but never did the work. He later pleaded innocent to the charge.
His trial on both of the earlier cases is scheduled Aug. 2.
-- Pratik Joshi: 509-582-1541; email@example.com.