SC Department of Revenue conducts multiple arrests for tax fraud
Columbia, SC (October 26, 2012) --- Over the course of the week, officials from the SC Department of Revenue (SCDOR) have arrested numerous individuals for their involvement in an income tax refund scam taking place in Charleston County.
Four individuals were arrested between Thursday afternoon and Friday morning bringing the total SCDOR arrests this week in the Charleston area to nine.
Arrested separately Thursday were Terrance Major, 60, of Mt. Pleasant, and Teaco Washington, 30, of North Charleston.
Major was charged with three counts of assisting in the preparation of a fraudulent income tax return and three counts of forgery; if convicted he could face up to 35 years in prison. For 2008 through 2010, Major filed fraudulent tax returns using false W2 forms, and received state tax refunds totaling $2,053, to which he was not entitled.
Using forged W2 forms, Teaco Washington filed fraudulent tax returns for 2008 and 2009, and claimed state tax refunds totaling $1,293 for these years. He is charged with two counts of assisting in the preparation of a fraudulent income tax return and two counts of forgery. Washington could face up to 25 years in prison if convicted.
Angela Maria White, 28, was arrested Friday morning for four counts of assisting in the preparation of a fraudulent tax return and four counts of forgery. She could face penalties of up to 45 years in prison if convicted. White, a Mt. Pleasant resident, filed four false tax returns for 2008 through 2011 and received state refunds that totaled $2,701.
Friday, La’Donia Simmons, 23, was arrested and charged with three counts of assisting in the preparation of a false income tax return and three counts of forgery. Simmons presented forged W2 forms to a tax preparer in order to have a 2008, 2009 and 2010 income tax return prepared in her name. As a result, Simmons received state tax refunds of $2,033, to which she was not entitled. She could face up to 40 years in prison if convicted of the charges.
In addition to penalties listed, each of the four individuals could also face being fined at the discretion of the court.
For past arrest information regarding this ongoing investigation please visit the “News Releases” portion of the SCDOR website at www.sctax.org.