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SCDOR arrests Charleston local on tax related charges

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 31, 2012

SCDOR arrests Charleston local on tax related charges

The investigation into a Charleston income tax refund scam continues as another individual was arrested this morning by South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) officials.

O’Neill Pinckney of Mt. Pleasant was taken to the Charleston County Detention Center and charged with one count of assisting in the preparation of a false return and one count of forgery; he is currently awaiting a bond hearing.

In 2008, Pinckney filed income taxes with a fraudulent W2 form from an establishment where he was not employed. Pinckney therefore received overstated federal and state tax refunds of $4,593 and $706, respectively. Pinckney’s tax liability for 2008 totals $5,299.

If convicted of the charges, Pinckney could face fines up to $500 and/or 15 years in prison.

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