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13 Boeing S.C. employees arrested, charged with income tax evasion

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Thirteen Boeing South Carolina employees have been accused of submitting fraudulent W-4 forms to evade state income taxes, according to the S.C. Department of Revenue and Boeing.

The employees claimed in their W-4 forms to be exempt from state income taxes and failed to file state income tax returns, according to news releases from the Revenue Department. With total earnings over $2 million, they collectively evaded paying $123,958 in individual income taxes to the state, the department said.

Boeing spokeswoman Elizabeth Merida said the company has suspended the employees from their positions. Boeing cooperated with the Revenue Department’s investigation for months, she said in an emailed statement.

“We are aware that the state of South Carolina has brought tax-related charges against certain individuals in our workforce. ... 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,” Merida said in an email.

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected, the department said.

The following Boeing S.C. employees were arrested, according to the Revenue Department:

  • Charles Allen Jr., 53, currently of Broward County, Fla., $13,056 in state income taxes for 2012-2014 (3 charges).
  • Christina Bradley, 42, of Berkeley County, $7,119 in state income taxes for 2012-2014 (3 charges).
  • Priscilla Burbage, 31, of Berkeley County, $8,427 in state income taxes for 2011-2014 (4 charges).
  • Allen Byrd, 41, of Charleston County, $18,754 in state income taxes for 2011-2014 (4 charges).
  • Joseph Canady Jr., 30, of Charleston County, $5,536 in state income taxes for 2011, 2012 and 2014 (3 charges).
  • Bernadette Francis, 38, of Berkeley County, $9,594 in state income taxes for 2011-2014 (4 charges).
  • David Griffin Jr., 35, of Charleston County, $6,496 in state income taxes for 2012-2014 (3 charges).
  • George Hearn III, 40, of Berkeley County, $9,148 in state income taxes for 2012-2014 (3 charges).
  • Kitt Johnson, 47, of Charleston County, $11,173 in state income taxes for 2012-2014 (3 charges).
  • Shekere Jones, 42, of Dorchester County, $4,985 in state income taxes for 2012-2014 (3 charges).
  • Miranda Rights, 57, of Berkeley County, $12,404 in state income taxes for 2012-2014 (3 charges).
  • Wylie Runey Jr., 52, of Charleston County, $7,678 in state income taxes for 2012-2014 (3 charges).
  • Rodney Smalls, 43, of Charleston County, $9,588 in state income taxes for 2012-2014 (3 charges).

The accused were taken to Charleston County jail; all but Allen and Johnson, the two arrested today, have since been released on bail. If convicted, they face up to $10,000 in fines and five years in prison per charge.

Reach staff writer Liz Segrist at 843-849-3119 or @lizsegrist on Twitter.

Reach Liz Segrist at 843-849-3119.

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