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Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson did not file tax returns for 5 years, ordered by court to file during 3rd bankruptcy case

RALEIGH, N.C. (WGHP) — A report is revealing more details about the financial woes of North Carolina’s Republican gubernatorial candidate and sitting Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson.

Bankruptcy documents obtained by ABC News paint what the news outlet calls a “more dire” picture of Robinson’s finances prior to his ascent to the political stage. Robinson has discussed past financial struggles in his memoir and during many of his campaign speeches. The documents reveal that Robinson was previously five years behind on his taxes.

In Robinson’s book, he discusses the daycare business that he and his wife Yolanda Hill ran in the early 2000s, saying it was “running well” but “difficult to keep afloat.” Robinson, doing business as “Precious Beginnings,” filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy in January 2003.

According to the report, Robinson had filed for bankruptcy twice before, in 1998 and 1999.

“In seeking bankruptcy protection, the Robinson family described a series of grave economic circumstances,” ABC News writes. “According to their 2003 filing, the family faced the repossession of two vehicles and the impending foreclosure of their Greensboro home. The records also show that, at the time, Robinson had just $70 to his name — $40 in cash and $30 in savings — as well as $4,720 in personal property. They also reported debts surpassing $1 million, including $290,525 in unsecured debts and $871,550 in secured debts.”

Robinson was compelled by a court order to file his overdue income taxes from 1998 to 2002 or his bankruptcy proceeding would be dismissed. He complied and filed taxes for those years in May 2003.

Ultimately, though, their bankruptcy protections were lost in October of that year due to the “failure of the debtors to comply with the requirements of the plan,” according to the report.

Campaign Responds

When asked for comment, Robinson spokesperson Michael Lonergan said the following:

“This is old news recycled by the Democrats and their allies in the press to distract the voters from the Biden-Stein agenda of open borders and crippling inflation. Lt. Governor Robinson has made no secret about the financial challenges in his past. As a former factory worker who lost his job due to NAFTA and had his home foreclosed and was even forced into bankruptcy, the Lt. Governor has overcome many challenges – financial and others – in his past. He’s lived the struggles that families across North Carolina are facing every day. North Carolinians are ready for a governor who will be focused on solutions to their problems – not another career politician climbing the ladder from office to office.”

Financial Woes

Robinson has often discussed his troubled financial upbringing, jobs he said were lost due to the North American Free Trade Agreement and bankruptcies. He wrote in his memoir that he has struggled with finances but that these were “the ups and downs of a man who is determined to make a go of it in the world without a steady stream of government ‘charity.’”

He also has a history of rent non-payment and vehicle tax non-payment, and his finances from his lieutenant governor’s campaign have been scrutinized as well.

His family’s most recent business venture, the nonprofit Balanced Nutrition Inc., which started before his rocket into political stardom, worked with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to connect childcare centers with food benefits. Robinson’s family recently told NCDHHS they would no longer be working with the state’s Child and Adult Care Food Program, which Hill had described as the nonprofit’s “only business.”

Balanced Nutrition Inc. reported steadily increasing contributions over the past five years. In 2018, the year Robinson found himself first in the public eye, it reported $581,730 in gifts, grants and contributions. The following year, that number doubled to $1,105,793 and has risen every year since.

ProPublica reports that Balanced Nutrition, Inc. received $28,610 in a PPP loan from the government in April 2020, which was forgiven. It received another $28,312 in February 2021, a few months before Robinson appeared on FOX News railing against “government handouts.”

report from The Assembly notes that this nearly $30,000 loan matches a salary increase reported by Hill between 2019 and 2020.

Source: Fox 8 News Channel

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