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Residents want IRS to investigate Rocky Mount councilman

Posted on March 29, 2021

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ROCKY MOUNT — A small group of city residents is calling for an IRS investigation of a councilman accused of using political pressure to receive thousands of dollars worth of utility bill write-offs.

The group of around two dozen residents is led by Clark Covolo, a former candidate for the Rocky Mount City Council’s Ward 6 seat.

“Many of us in the Rocky Mount community have witnessed Councilman Andre Knight categorically deny receiving write-offs that were easily verifiable to the state auditor,” Covolo said.

State Auditor Beth Wood issued a May report that found a city councilman used political pressure to receive write-offs for more than $47,000 in utility bills.

Wood didn’t name the councilman, but public records requests filed by The Enterprise revealed emails from city officials naming Knight as the councilman in question.

“Discharged debt, like Councilman Knight’s write-offs from 2013 and 2017 amounting to $47,704, is a form of income that must be reported and taxed,” Covolo said.

The IRS has a form anyone can use to report suspected tax improprieties.

Covolo’s group has pledged to send in these authorized 3949-A complaint forms to the IRS office in Ogden, Utah.

“The group gained 20 people this week,” Covolo said. “Many of whom would like to remain anonymous for fear of retribution. It will certainly be more. You can print that.”

Knight, who was reelected in 2019 to represent Ward 1, didn’t return detailed messages in time for this story.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE

Click on the bolded, hyperlinked headlines below to read The Enterprise's previous stories on the N.C. Office of the State Auditor's 2020 report on the city of Rocky Mount: 

Rocky Mount tries to pull back emails on councilman's unpaid utility bills

Emails confirm Councilman Andre Knight at center of Rocky Mount utility bill scandal 

Rocky Mount councilmen, mayor spar over state audit's claims of wasted money

Rocky Mount dealing with state audit's aftermath: Councilman rebuffs report in TV interview

Rocky Mount postpones special meeting; council to discuss state audit

Rocky Mount mayor: 4 council members refusing to attend emergency meeting

State auditor: Rocky Mount probe not racially motivated

Lawmaker calls foul on Rocky Mount audit, says report designed to 'attack and discredit people of color'

Rocky Mount mayor calls on councilman to step down after nearly $50K in utility bill write-offs

Rocky Mount mayor holding press conference on state audit's findings

Nash GOP calls on Knight, Blackwell to resign Rocky Mount City Council seats

Steak, lobster, credit and free utilities: Audit says Rocky Mount misused taxpayer funds

2 councilmen, city manager, former mayor implicated in Rocky Mount financial probe

Rocky Mount wrote off nearly $50K in councilman's unpaid utility bills  

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