Ex-SC councilman pleads guilty to tax evasion

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The longest-serving city councilman in South Carolina's capital has pleaded guilty to federal tax evasion charges.

Acting U.S. Attorney Kevin McDonald said Monday former Columbia City Councilman E.W. Cromartie II pled guilty in federal court in Columbia to one count of income tax evasion and two counts of aggravated structuring.

Cromartie last month admitted failing to pay more than $25,000 in federal income taxes. His plea agreement shows Cromartie also admitted making more than $200,000 in cash deposits and withdrawals just below the IRS minimums for transaction reporting rules.

He will be sentenced later by U.S. District Judge David Norton. Cromartie and prosecutors have agreed a sentence of 1 year and one day would be appropriate.

He served on the Columbia City Council for more than 25 years.

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