Son of R&B legend arrested after restaurants were raided

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ATLANTA (AP) – Jail records show the son of R&B legend Gladys Knight has been booked into a suburban Atlanta jail after the restaurants named after his mother were raided.

Clayton County jail’s website says 39-year-old Shanga Hankerson is charged with two counts of felony theft by taking on Wednesday. Hankerson is the owner of Grady Knight’s Chicken & Waffles restaurants, which were raided Tuesday by the Georgia Department of Revenue.

All three Atlanta area locations have been closed.

Department of Revenue spokesman William Gaston said in a news release that Hankerson is accused of taking a total of $650,000 in state sales and withholding taxes, which after penalties and interest totals more than $1 million.

Special Investigations Chief Jeff Mitchell says neither Knight nor any other restaurant employees should face criminal charges.

Hankerson is being held without bond.

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