Georgetown County businesswoman arrested for failure to pay taxes, file returns

Angela Cox Stafford

Stafford

On Thursday, Dec. 2nd, South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) agents arrested the co-owner of a Georgetown monument company for failing to file South Carolina Sales Tax returns and report more than $250,000 in sales.

Angela Cox Stafford, 60, of Georgetown, is the co-owner of Sampit Monument II, LLC, a company that sells headstones, monuments, and markers. According to arrest warrants, Stafford during the investigation filed amended returns for periods in 2014 and 2015, where she initially understated sales for the company by $29,633. For the periods of 2015 through 2018, according to the warrants, Stafford failed to file returns and failed to report $229,680 in sales.

From 2014 through 2018, according to the warrants, Stafford failed to pay a total of $17,908 in Sales Tax.

Stafford is charged with four counts of failing to pay taxes, file a return, and keep records and one count of tax evasion.

If convicted, Stafford faces a maximum penalty of one year in jail or fines of up to $10,000 for each count of failure to pay taxes or file a return. She also faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison or $10,000 if convicted of tax evasion.

Stafford was released on bail after a bond hearing on Dec. 2.

The SCDOR is committed to the fair administration of tax laws. By taking enforcement action against noncompliant taxpayers, the Department seeks to prevent unfairly increasing the tax burden on those who do comply.

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