2 in Pee Dee accused of tax violations

South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) agents last week arrested two Pee Dee business owners on unrelated tax charges.
According to arrest warrants, Almeda Myers Graham, 55, owner of a Darlington County home health care business, was responsible for collecting, reporting and paying South Carolina Withholding Taxes on behalf of the company. However, according to the warrants, Graham failed to pay $28,801 in taxes withheld from employees’ paychecks for tax years 2014 through 2018.
Graham is charged with five counts of failing to pay Withholding Taxes due to the state. If convicted, Graham faces a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000 for each charge. She was being held in the Darlington County Detention Center pending a bond hearing.
According to arrest warrants, Luther Dale Hutchins, 59, of Bennettsville and the owner of an employee leasing company, was responsible for collecting, reporting and paying South Carolina Withholding Taxes on behalf of the company. However, according to the warrants, Hutchins failed to pay $112,995 in taxes withheld from employees’ paychecks for tax years 2016 through 2019.
Hutchins is charged with four counts of failing to pay Withholding Taxes due to the state. If convicted, Hutchins faces a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000 for each charge. He was being held in the Marlboro County Detention Center pending a bond hearing.

Author: Rachel Howell

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