Berkeley County man arrested on tax charges

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Ralph Lewis Cooper Jr., 49, a Berkeley County resident, was arrested April 22 income tax charges.

S.C. Department of Revenue investigators charged Cooper with four counts of attempting to evade or defeat taxes, according to a statement released Wednesday.

He was being held at the Hill-Finklea Detention Center in Moncks Corner pending a bond hearing.

For tax years 2008 through 2011, the DOR investigation showed Cooper falsified the earning statements of another person to indicate that the individual was exempt from withholding taxes.

As a result of Cooperís actions, there was little or no withholding taxes withheld from the other personís pay during tax years 2008 through 2011.

The total outstanding liability for 2008 through 2011 is $16,430.

Cooper faces a fine of $40,000 or 20 years of imprisonment, or both, according to SCDOR.


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