SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE
Public Affairs Office
Contact: Danny Brazell
Phone: (803) 898-5464
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 8, 2006
THREE HORRY COUNTY RESIDENTS ARRESTED ON TAX CHARGES
A North Myrtle Beach husband and wife who manage an appliance and hardware business were arrested by South Carolina Department of Revenue investigators today on state tax evasion charges.
James Chappell Dew, 51, and his wife, Veronica Wright Dew, 49, were each charged with three counts of state income tax evasion and three counts of criminal conspiracy. They are being held at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center pending a bond hearing.
Chappell Dew is the general manager of the family-owned Dew Company, Inc., where his wife is employed as an administrative assistant. The couple is accused of failing to pay taxes on income of more than $289,459 earned from the business from 2002 - 2004. The Dew's are facing up to five years in prison on each of the tax evasion and conspiracy charges if convicted.
In an unrelated case, Willie Robert Martin, Jr., a Myrtle Beach real estate agent, was charged by revenue department investigators today with three counts of state income tax evasion. Martin is also being held at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center pending a bond hearing.
Martin, 61, is accused of failing to report and pay state income taxes of more than $11,077 from 2002 - 2004. He is facing up to 15 years in prison and fines of up to $30,000 if convicted of the charges.
The Horry County Sheriff's Department assisted the revenue department in each of the arrests.