Public Affairs Office
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 27, 2012
Charleston resident arrested on eight tax charges
Aisha Dowling was arrested by officials with the South Carolina Department of Revenue in connection with an ongoing tax refund scam in the Lowcountry. The City of Charleston Police Department assisted with the arrest.
For tax years 2008 through 2011, Dowling, a Charleston resident, filed with tax preparers fraudulent W2 forms from employers where either she did not work during the time, or she had inflated the wages and withholding taxes. Dowling therefore received South Carolina tax refunds to which she was not entitled in the amounts of $600, $690, $640 and $692, for 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, respectively.
Dowling was charged with four felony charges of assisting in the preparation of a false return and four counts of forgery. She is facing charges of up to $40,000 in fines and/or 40 years in prison if convicted of the charges.