Public Affairs Office
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 16, 2012
SCDOR arrests Mt. Pleasant woman for tax fraud, forgery
Darcell Lockwood was arrested today by SCDOR investigators for assisting in the preparation of a fraudulent return and forgery.
Lockwood, 36, is currently being held at the Charleston County Detention Center pending a bond hearing. The Mount Pleasant Police Department assisted with the arrest.
The arrest follows an ongoing investigation of a tax refund scam involving numerous individuals in the Charleston area. After reviewing Lockwood’s 2009 income tax returns, the SCDOR investigation revealed that Lockwood, a Mt. Pleasant resident, submitted to a tax preparer a fraudulent W2 form although Lockwood did not actually work for the employer listed.
The use of the W2 form resulted in Lockwood receiving a fraudulent SC income tax refund in the amount of $717, to which she was not entitled. If convicted of the charges, Lockwood could face up to $500 in fines and/or 15 years in prison.