SC Department of Revenue
1997 news release- hampton county businessman charged with tax evasion



July 25, 1997



South Carolina Department of Revenue investigators today arrested the former owner of a Hampton County trucking company and charged him with property tax evasion.

Carnell Rivers, who was the owner of Carnell Rivers Trucking, Inc., a hazardous waste hauling company, was charged with two counts of evading property taxes by illegally registering his vehicles in another state. Hampton County Magistrate Phillip Youman released Rivers on a $65,000 personal recognizance bond following his arrest.

The DOR alleges Rivers avoided paying Hampton County property taxes on his vehicles in 1994 and 1995 by registering and titling them in Warren County, Tenn. using fake business names and addresses. When the DOR investigated the Tennessee addresses given by Rivers as his business locations, the agency found the locations to be an apartment complex and a plumbing business. The investigation also showed none of the corporate names given by Rivers was registered with the Tennessee Secretary of State as required by that state's law.

Rivers' property tax liability to Hampton County is estimated at $64,000 for the two years covered by the charges.

Rivers could be sent to prison for up to 10 years and fined up to $20,000 if he is convicted of the charges.

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