Four Charleston County residents were arrested this week on charges that they falsified tax returns.
Ryhkiel Smalls, 29, of Mount Pleasant is accused of claiming a $6,303 tax refund for 2009 by using a W-2 form for an employer for which he did not work, according to S.C. Department of Revenue. Charleston County court records list his address as Dorchester Road in North Charleston. He was charged Monday with assisting in the preparation of a fraudulent income-tax return and forgery.
Rochelle Jefferson, 31, of Napoleon Drive in North Charleston is accused of netting $5,574 in tax refunds for 2008 and 2009 by submitting fraudulent W-2 forms. He was charged Monday with assisting in the preparation of a fraudulent income tax return and two counts of forgery.
If convicted, Smalls and Jefferson could be sent to prison for up to 15 years and/or be fined at the discretion of the court.
Kimeshia Jackson, 32, of Remount Road in North Charleston was also arrested Monday. She is accused of getting a $4,484 tax return for 2008 with a fraudulent tax return and W-2 form. She was charged with forgery. She could face up to five years in prison and a fine.
Christopher Young, 26, of McClellanville was arrested Tuesday. He is accused of using falsified W-2 forms from places where he did not work to get a $4,076 refund for 2009 and $7,450 for 2011. He was charged with two counts of forgery. He could be sent to prison for 10 years and fined if convicted.