South Carolina Department of Revenue
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 6, 2014
Spartanburg County Bar Owner Arrested for Tax Evasion
A Spartanburg County bar owner was arrested today by South Carolina Department of Revenue investigators and charged with eight counts of tax evasion.
Rajarshi Patel owns and operates RRS Holdings, LLC d/b/a Main Street Pub in Spartanburg County. During a 36 month period from August 2010 through July 2013, Patel is accused of filing false sales tax returns and false liquor by the drink excise tax returns for Main Street Pub.
Arrest warrant affidavits filed by investigators allege that Patel failed to report approximately $238,945 of gross sales from his bar during this 36 month period. He also failed to report approximately $489,805 in gross sales of liquor for that same period. By failing to report these sales each month, Patel evaded payment of more than $38,826 of sales and liquor excise taxes due to the state of South Carolina.
Patel is being held at the Spartanburg County Detention Center pending a bond hearing. If convicted, Patel is facing up to 40 years in prison and up to $80,000 in fines.
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DOR Public Affairs Office