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Richland County woman charged with tax evasion

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A Richland County woman was arrested today and charged with seven counts of tax evasion, according to the S.C. Department of Revenue.

Zina F. Hampton, 59, of Irmo, is charged with failing to timely report individual income tax returns for tax years 2015-2021, according to arrest warrants.

During that time, the warrants allege she had total state taxable income of $657,843, but because she filed false W-4 forms, the amount of tax withheld from multiple employers was minimal. Hampton owes state tax totaling $30,283.

If convicted, Hampton faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000 per count plus the cost of prosecution, the SCDOR said. She is being held in the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center pending a bond hearing.

If you suspect or know of anyone or a business that has committed a state tax crime such as tax evasion or fraud, contact SCDOR Criminal Investigation and submit a Tax Violation Complaint Form (CID-27) to or mail it to SC Department of Revenue, Attn: Fraud Advisor, 2070 Northbrook Blvd., Suite B7, North Charleston, SC, 29406.

Reach Christina Lee Knauss at 803-753-4327.

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