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.