Quantcast

SCDOR announces two more Boeing employees arrested for tax evasi - Live5News.com | Charleston, SC | News, Weather, Sports

SCDOR announces two more Boeing employees arrested for tax evasion

Source: AP Source: AP
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Officials with the South Carolina Department of Revenue have announced that two more Boeing employees have been arrested for tax evasion.

Authorities arrested 53-year-old Charles Allen, Jr. of Broward Co., Fla. and 47-year-old Kitt Johnson. According to a report, Allen faces three charges for evading $13,056 in state income taxes for 2012-2014, while Johnson also faces three charges for evading $11,173 in state income taxes for 2012-2014. 

"These individuals submitted fraudulent W-4 forms to their employer claiming to be exempt from South Carolina income taxes and failed to file state income tax returns," SCDOR officials said.

A total of 13 South Carolina Boeing employees have now been charged with tax evasion.

SCDOR officials had announced on Tuesday the arrest of 11 people for evading more than $99,000 in taxes. 

According to officials with the South Carolina Department of Revenue, the 11 men and women submitted fraudulent W-4 forms to their employer claiming to be exempt from South Carolina income taxes and failed to file state income tax returns. 

"With total earnings over $2.2 million, the individuals collectively evaded paying $99,729 in individual income taxes to the state of South Carolina," SCDOR officials said. 

Authorities say the investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected. 

MOBILE USERS: Click here for photos.

The following people were arrested: 

  • Christina Bradley, 42, of Berkeley County, accused of evading $7,119 in state income taxes for 2012-2014 (3 charges).
  • Priscilla Burbage, 31, of Berkeley County, accused of evading $8,427 in state income taxes for 2011-2014 (4 charges).
  • Allen Byrd, 41, of Charleston County, accused of evading $18,754 in state income taxes for 2011-2014 (4 charges).
  • Joseph Canady, Jr., 30, of Charleston County, accused of evading $5,536 in state income taxes for 2011, 2012, and 2014 (3 charges).
  • Bernadette Francis, 38, of Berkeley County, accused of evading $9,594 in state income taxes for 2011-2014 (4 charges).
  • David Griffin, Jr., 35, of Charleston County, accused of evading $6,496 in state income taxes for 2012-2014 (3 charges).
  • George Hearn III, 40, of Berkeley County, accused of evading $9,148 in state income taxes for 2012-2014 (3 charges).
  • Shekere Jones, 42, of Dorchester County, accused of evading $4,985 in state income taxes for tax years 2012-2014 (3 charges).
  • Miranda Rights, 57, of Berkeley County, accused of evading $12,404 in state income taxes for 2012-2014 (3 charges).
  • Wylie Runey, Jr., 52, of Charleston County, accused of evading $7,678 in state income taxes for 2012-2014 (3 charges).
  • Rodney Smalls, 43, of Charleston County, accused of evading $9,588 in state income taxes for 2012-2014 (3 charges). 

The suspects were being held in the Al Cannon Detention Center. 

"The SCDOR is committed to the fair administration of tax laws. By taking enforcement action against noncompliant taxpayers, the Department seeks to prevent unfairly increasing the tax burden on those who do comply," officials said in a statement."The SCDOR would like to remind taxpayers that individual income tax returns are due April 18, 2016. For more information regarding individual income taxes, please visit dor.sc.gov/iit."

Boeing released the following statement in connection to the arrests: 

We are aware that the state of South Carolina has brought tax-related charges against certain individuals in our workforce.  We have cooperated with the state in the months leading up to today’s announcement, and we will continue to cooperate with the state and the Department of Revenue until these individual matters are closed.  The identified employees have been suspended from their employment at the company.

While we will not interfere with the state’s investigation and processing of these matters, we will address any misconduct by Boeing employees in the context of the company’s processes and policies.  

If convicted, the defendants face up to $10,000 in fines and/or up to 5 years in prison per charge, SCDOR authorities say. 

Copyright 2016 WCSC. All rights reserved. 

Powered by Frankly