RALEIGH, N.C. — According to reports in the Raleigh News & Observer, Barbara Jean Butler, known in the racing community as Jeannie, was arrested April 23 on charges her husband Brian’s company Butlerbuilt Motorsports Equipment kept more than $400,000 in sales tax money and $261,000 in income tax money that had been withheld from employees’ checks dating back to 2003.
Butler, who serves as the company’s secretary/treasurer and bookkeeper, was named in three arrest warrants and was being held in Wake County Detention Center with a first court appearance scheduled for Thursday.
According to arrest records, Butler, 61, was arrested at her Harrisburg, N.C., home on Wednesday.
The North Carolina Department of Revenue charged Butler with two counts of embezzlement of state property and a single count of embezzlement by a public officer or trustee. According to the warrants, the embezzled money was used by the company, but not by Butler personally.