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SC House member charged with tax evasion

Sep 14, 2011 6:08:00 AM - thestate.com
A South Carolina House member has been charged with four counts of tax evasion.

Democratic Rep. Harold Mitchell of Spartanburg turned himself in Tuesday afternoon.

The state Revenue Department accuses the 46-year-old lawmaker of owing more than $7,200 in state income taxes. The agency says he filed four delinquent income tax returns in 2009 for tax years 2005 through 2008. The agency says the $50,000 total he reported for those years doesn't include $225,000 from other sources.

Mitchell's lawyer, Bruce Byrholdt, says the investigation might be related to a federal health grant Mitchell's nonprofit organization received. Mitchell says he thinks the charges are politically motivated.

Mitchell tried to turn himself in last week, but the warrants had not been signed. Mitchell was first elected to the House in 2005.

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