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Belton woman arrested on tax charges

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 23, 2011

Belton woman arrested on tax charges

Paula K. Hendricks, a Belton resident, was arrested Friday on felony income tax charges.

South Carolina Department of Revenue investigators charged Ms. Hendricks with eight counts of Income Tax Evasion for tax years 2002-2009.

From 2002 through 2010, Hendricks was a bookkeeper for a local manufacturer.  Through a joint investigation by investigators with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Revenue, Hendricks was accused of stealing more than $800,000 from her employer.  The investigation showed Hendricks failed to report the proceeds from the theft as income on her state tax returns for tax years 2002-2009.  Ms. Hendricks altered her employer’s financial records to conceal the illicit payments.  She is also accused of altering W-2 forms that reduced her legitimate income earned in 2008 and 2009 in attempts to further lower her tax liability.

During the period of investigation, Hendricks is accused of failing to report more than $810,000 of income.  As a result, she has an outstanding tax liability of approximately $57,939.

If convicted of the charges, Hendricks is facing up to 40 years in prison and/or $80,000 in fines.

Hendricks is being held at the Greenville County Detention Center pending a bond hearing.

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