All three Atlanta locations of Gladys Knight’s Chicken & Waffles Restaurants were raided by the Feds and Georgia Department of Revenue earlier today.
Shanga Hankerson, son of R&B legend Gladys Knight and manager of all three locations was out of town when the raids on the restaurant, the company corporate offices and his home occurred. A BMW, Mercedes Benz and a Cadillac were seized from his home by federal agents. According to published reports, Hankerson faces a laundry list of yet to be released criminal charges.
State tax investigators claim he cooked up a scheme to steal over $600,00 by not paying employee withholding and sales tax which currently totals over $1M and used it to fund a lavish lifestyle.
There is no connection to Gladys Knight other than her permitting use of her name and she will face no criminal charges. Gladys Knight’s Chicken & Waffles restaurant has been in business since 1997. The restaurant was in the news back in February after failing a state health inspection with a score of 56 out of a possible 100. (shame, the collard green spring rolls are dee-lish!)