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Old 01-05-2016, 07:57 AM
 
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A former Columbia city official and a current Richland County councilman are turning themselves into law enforcement Tuesday morning to face tax charges following an investigation by the S.C. Department of Revenue.

Former Columbia City Councilman Brian Newman entered the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center through a back door around 8:30 a.m. where he will be booked and have a bond hearing at 10 a.m., his attorney Bakari Sellers told reporters waiting in front of the jail.

Newman will also have a hearing before a state judge at the Richland County Courthouse at 2 p.m. Tuesday. He is charged with two counts of willful failure to file timely reports for a total of $201,000.

Current Richland County Councilman Kelvin Washington is scheduled to turn himself in later this morning as well, sources tell The State newspaper.

Washington is charged with three counts of failing to file income tax returns for 2002, 2013 and 2014 for a total $426,000 in alleged unreported income. He is reportedly being represented by state Rep. James Smith - D Richland, a fellow Democrat.

The charges against the men come amid the Department of Revenue’s investigation of the Richland County Penny Tax Program, which was passed in 2012 with Washington as the county council chairman. During the investigation, evidence of public corruption, fraud and millions in wasteful or potentially illegal spending in Richland County’s handling of revenue turned up, according to a letter to county officials. The letter was made public last month from the Department of Revenue.

“The public deserves accountability from its elected officials,” said Revenue director Rick Reames III.

“The department will enforce this accountability by taking action against those who violate,” the laws, Reames said.

In a statement released by Newman’s attorney, Newman said that he acknowledges his failure to file his tax returns for 2012 and 2013.

“I have cooperated with the SC Department of Revenue regarding any questions that they may have,” Newman said in the statement. “While some might be tempted to make an excuse at this point, I am not, there is no excuse and I take full responsibility for my actions.”

The State will update this story as more information becomes available.
Richland County councilman, ex-Columbia city councilman facing criminal state tax charges | The State
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Old 01-05-2016, 08:24 AM
 
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So far the link between the men's failure to pay income taxes and the penny sales tax investigation is no clearer in The State's reporting than WIS's.
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Old 01-05-2016, 09:12 AM
 
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So far the link between the men's failure to pay income taxes and the penny sales tax investigation is no clearer in The State's reporting than WIS's.


Don't worry it will be.. They are "setting the stage"....$400k in unreported income?! Where did that income come from? I am just speculating.. BUT maybe there is a connection with misappropriate penny sales tax ...ah the intrigue...
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Old 01-05-2016, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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Maybe they both are involved in political consulting companies or special interest consulting companies, and when those companies are minority-owned, they get first consideration for contract jobs due to the fact that a certain percentage of contract jobs the government is involved in has to go to minority firms.
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Old 01-05-2016, 09:44 AM
 
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I like how the charged politicians' lawyers are also politicians. It is like a little super inclusive club.
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Old 01-05-2016, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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This is why more people need to vote in local elections. Hopefully it isn't true.
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Old 01-05-2016, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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Free Times is reporting that Newman's attorney Bakari Sellers says his clients charges are not directly related to the penny sales tax investigation. Note the word "directly." I don't know if it's a catch word or not.

UPDATE: Brian D. Newman and Kelvin Washington Arrested - Free-Times.com
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Old 01-05-2016, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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Wow... Not to sound harsh but (and especially if you're a councilman) by now if you haven't filed your 2013 or 2014 tax return you've got to be hiding something. Right ? Still dumb though. Why not just make up estimates at least and pay something ? You're just making it easy to be charged
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Old 01-05-2016, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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For a time table, the tax began in May 2013.
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Old 01-06-2016, 11:49 AM
 
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This entire thing is disappointing. Its not cool to have your elected official wrapped up in things like this.. It just makes the community look bad. I don't know why in this day and age people think that they can get away with this type of stuff in public office. In the era of smart phone, twitter, blogs, and technology.. why would you want to risk this type of exposure that will forever haunt cyberspace with your photo.. Now honest mistakes can happen when it come to taxes and certain types of required legal disclosures.. but out right flagrant FRAUD is something entirely different. I suspect this is far from over.


The FBI, SLED, and related government watch dogs have set up shop in Columbia.. starting with the Councilman Cromartie affair; Pinson at SC State.. which Mayor Steve just seemed barely to escape; City employee Tony Lawton; and now this.. Lexington is not immune either.. let us not forget Sheriff Metts and Lexington Town Councilman Danny Fraizer...With everyone knowing this.. why do anything illegal or unethical.. Its likely that these past deeds are now coming to light.. going forward hopefully we will see less of this....
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