Arrests Made of Multiple Lowcounty Residents for Evasion of State Income Taxes
Columbia, SC (December 6, 2013) --- Investigators with the SC Department of Revenue arrested four individuals who were connected with evading state individual income taxes.
Henry Moultrie, Joseph Gourdine, Jerome Haley, and Carlton Perkins were arrested over the course of Thursday and Friday on separate tax charges.
Henry Moultrie was arrested for six counts of attempting to evade or defeat a tax, and if convicted, could face up to $60,000 in fines and/or up to 30 years in prison. The North Charleston resident filed “exempt” status with his employer which caused little to no taxes to be withheld from his pay during tax years 2006 through 2011. Moultrie, 59, earned income during this period which required him to file income tax returns; Moultrie has a tax liability of $11,806.
Charleston resident Joseph Gourdine, 42, was arrested and charged with three counts of attempting to evade taxes as he earned income during 2008 through 2010 which required him to file tax returns. Gourdine filed “exempt” status on his with his employer, and consequently had little to no taxes withheld from his pay. Gourdine has a state tax liability of $4,266, and could potentially face up to $30,000 in fines and/or 15 years in prison.
Jerome Haley, a Charleston resident, was charged with four counts of failure to file income tax returns and three counts of attempting to evade taxes. If convicted, Haley, 67, could face fines of up to $70,000 and/or up to 19 years in prison. Haley filed “exempt” status with his employer for years 2004 through 2010, and therefore had little to no taxes withheld during this time. The subject currently has an outstanding tax liability of $9,837.
Hampton County resident Carlton Perkins, 50, is facing up to $50,000 in fines and/or up to 25 years in prison for his arrest on five counts of attempting to evade income taxes. Although he earned income during 2007 through 2011 that required him to file income tax returns, Perkins claimed “exempt” status with his employer which caused little to no income taxes withheld from his pay. Therefore, Perkins has an outstanding tax liability of $10,950.
All subjects were taken to the Charleston County Detention Center. More arrests are expected.