SC Department of Revenue
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Two Horry County residents arrested for income tax fraud

 

Media Contact:
Public Affairs Office
Samantha Cheek
CheekS@sctax.org
(803) 898-5281

 

Two Horry County residents arrested for income tax fraud

 

Columbia, SC (September 27, 2012) --- Two Horry County locals were arrested Thursday afternoon by SC Department of Revenue investigators and were separately taken to the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway.


Crystal Zimmerman of Mr. Joe White Avenue in Myrtle Beach was arrested for one count of assisting in the preparation of a fraudulent income tax return and two counts of conspiracy.


The SC Department of Revenue investigation revealed that in order to have a 2011 income tax return prepared, Zimmerman submitted a fraudulent W2 form stating that she had earned wages of $16,899 and had $760 in state taxes withheld, even though she did not work for the employer. Zimmerman claimed a state tax refund of $760 to which she was not entitled. Zimmerman conspired with a second and third party to willfully assist in the preparation of a fraudulent tax return.


Zimmerman, 32, could face up to $10,500 in fines and/or 15 years in prison if convicted of the charges.


Joe Lewis Williams, 32, was arrested for one count of forgery, one count of assisting in the preparation of a false income tax return and four counts of conspiracy. If convicted, Williams could face penalties of up to 30 years in prison and/or $20,500 in fines.


Williams, a Rosehaven Drive resident, presented a fraudulent W2 form to a tax preparer in order to have a 2011 income tax return prepared. Williams did not work for the employer but stated that he earned $15,500 in wages and had $697 in state taxes withheld. He claimed a federal and state tax refund totaling $5,722 to which he was not entitled.


Williams also conspired with other parties to willfully assist in the preparation of a fraudulent tax return in Horry County.


Zimmerman and Williams are currently being held at the Detention Center where they are awaiting separate bond hearings.

 

###



 
The S.C. Department of Revenue strives to make our website broadly accessible and is continuously working on improvements.
If you have problems accessing this website or suggestions on how to improve the accessibility of this site, please contact webmaster@sctax.org.

Disclaimer and Copyright Information
Privacy Statement

Home / Contact DOR