Son of R&B legend released from jail after eateries raided

ATLANTA (AP) — Jail records show the son of R&B legend Gladys Knight has been released from a jail near Atlanta after the restaurants named after his mother were raided.

The Clayton County jail’s website says 39-year-old Shanga Hankerson was released Wednesday afternoon on charges of two counts of felony theft by taking.

Hankerson is the owner of Gladys Knight’s Chicken & Waffles restaurants, which were raided Tuesday by the Georgia Department of Revenue.

All three Atlanta area locations have been closed.

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

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

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