December 21, 2014

Florence legislator found guilty on tax charges

A jury found a Florence legislator guilty on four misdemeanor counts of willfully failing to file tax returns on time.

Rep. Kris Crawford (Courtesy: Legislative Print & Information Services)

State Rep. Kris Crawford (R-Florence) was given a $10,000 fine and will have to pay for the prosecution, but will not get any jail time.

Crawford was accused of not filing tax returns in a timely manner for his LLC from 2004-2007. Crawford blamed a former accountant for not telling him that his returns had not been filed. He insists that both he and his new accountant made immediate efforts to fix the filings once they discovered the problem.

However, prosecutors said Crawford had a responsibility to make sure his taxes were filed on time. South Carolina Assistant Deputy Attorney General S. Creighton Waters questioned how Crawford would not know about the missing returns since he had correctly filed in previous years.

Crawford is an emergency room doctor in his private life.

This is the second time Crawford had been tried on the charges. Last April, a judge declared a mistrial in the case after a jury was not able to reach a verdict.