South Carolina Lawmaker Found Guilty of Tax Evasion


South Carolina Lawmaker Found Guilty of Tax Evasion

by Joseph M. Donegan on January 16, 2013

Found Guilty of Tax Evasion

A South Carolina state legislator was found guilty of misdemeanor tax evasion, but will face no jail time.

Representative Kris Crawford was charged with failing to file tax returns from 2004 and 2007 in a timely manner. His 2004 taxes were filed in 2007, his 2004 and 2005 taxes were paid in 2008, and his returns for 2007 were filed in 2008.

Crawford argued that he depended upon his accountant to file his returns for him and did not actively or purposely violate tax law. However, a jury came back with a guilty verdict for Crawford after prosecutors argued that he failed to ask questions about his returns, even following several issues with his state income taxes, The Associated Press reports.

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