SC Department of Revenue
Myrtle Beach Resident Arrested for Tax Evasion


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Adrienne Fairwell
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06 July 2009

Myrtle Beach resident arrested for tax evasion
Resident's tax liability totaling more than $30,000


Myrtle Beach, SC…A Myrtle Beach woman is being held at the J. Reuben Long Detention Facility following her arrest today on charges of tax evasion.


Esta Lewis Hucks, 47, is being held pending a bond hearing after South Carolina Department of Revenue investigators charged her with six counts of sales tax evasion for the period of January 1, 2002 through May 31, 2007.


Hucks is accused of intentionally failing to file sales and accommodations tax returns and failing to remit the taxes collected, thereby evading the assessment of the tax. The Department of Revenue determined Hucks was a hotel clerk at the Sea Nymph hotel from January 2002 through May 2007-which had their retail sales license revoked in March 2002, but continued to operate without that license. The business was required to have a retail sales license and file sales and accommodations tax returns.


Hucks allegedly continued to collect sales and accommodations taxes but failed to file tax returns and remit the taxes collected. The Department of Revenue estimates Hucks's total tax liability at $30,084 for the period covered.


She is facing up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $60,000 if convicted of the charges.


The Horry County Sheriff's Office assisted in Hucks's arrest.



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