State Officials Arrest Horry County Woman on Tax Charges
Columbia, SC (March 28, 2013) --- Officials with the SC Department of Revenue (DOR) today arrested Longs resident Linda Bellamy for one count of assisting in the preparation of a fraudulent tax return and one count of conspiracy.
This is the latest DOR arrest in an ongoing Horry County investigation in which several related arrests have previously taken place.
For the 2011 tax year, Bellamy presented a fraudulent W-2 form to a preparer in order to have a tax return filed in her name. Although she did not work for the employer indicated, Bellamy alleged that she earned $16,788 in wages and had $755 in state taxes withheld. As a result, Bellamy claimed a state tax refund of $755 to which she was not entitled.
The DOR investigation revealed that Bellamy and another individual conspired to commit the offense of willfully assisting in preparation of a fraudulent tax return, and furthermore, Bellamy was provided the fraudulent W-2 tax form by a third party.
If convicted, Bellamy, 33, could face penalties up to $5,500 in fines and/or up to 10 years in prison.
Linda Bellamy is currently being held at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center where she is awaiting a bond hearing.