Public Affairs Office
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 16, 2012
Charleston man arrested for income tax fraud
A Mount Pleasant man is being held at the Charleston County Detention Center following his arrest today for one count of assisting in the preparation of a false return and one count of forgery.
Robert Vanderhorst, IV, 25, is currently being held pending a bond hearing and if charged, could face penalties of up to $500 in fines and/or 15 years in prison, according to investigators from the SC Department of Revenue.
Upon review of Vanderhorst’s 2009 income tax returns, SCDOR determined that Vanderhorst filed via a tax preparer and used a fraudulent W2 form from an employer who he did not work for during that time. By submission of the fraudulent W2 forms, Vanderhorst received an overstated fraudulent SC income tax refund of $679.