SC Department of Revenue
trucking company owner gets jail time for tax evasion


June 2, 1999


Trucking company owner gets jail time for tax evasion

The former owner of a Hampton County trucking company is going to jail after pleading guilty Tuesday to property tax evasion.

Carnell Rivers, 57, former owner of Carnell Rivers Trucking, Inc., was sentenced by Circuit Judge Alexander S. Macaulay to five years in jail or a $10,000 fine. Rivers must spend 90 days in jail with the balance of his sentence suspended to five years probation. He must also serve 500 hours of public service.

The South Carolina Department of Revenue arrested Rivers in 1997 for trying to avoid payment of Hampton County property taxes by registering and titling his company vehicles in Tennessee. The DOR investigation showed that none of the Tennessee corporate names given by Rivers was registered with the Tennessee Secretary of State and the business addresses did not exist. He has since closed his business.

Rivers is to begin serving his sentence June 4.

The state Attorney General=s Office prosecuted the case.


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