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Columbia woman charged with tax evasion

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A Columbia woman was arrested by S.C. Department of Revenue agents on Dec. 28 and charged with two counts of tax evasion.

Victoria C. Nelson, 33, of Columbia, is accused of filing fraudulent state Individual Income Tax returns while in Clarendon County in 2021 and 2022, according to a news release.

 According to arrest warrants, Nelson claimed unqualified dependents to receive exemptions to which she was not entitled. She also willfully failed to report more than $23,000 in income from a children's facility. As a result, Nelson evaded approximately $2,255 in South Carolina Income Tax, according to the release.

If convicted, Nelson faces a maximum sentence of five years and/or a fine of $10,000, plus the cost of prosecution for each count. She was held at the Clarendon County Detention Center before posting bond.

The SCDOR is committed to the fair administration of tax laws. If you suspect or know of anyone or a business that has committed a state tax crime, such as tax evasion or tax fraud, contact SCDOR Criminal Investigation and submit a tax violation complaint form to or mail it to S.C. Department of Revenue, Attn: Fraud Advisor, 2070 Northbrook Blvd, Suite B7, North Charleston, S.C., 29406.


Reach Christina Lee Knauss at 803-753-4327.

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