James Walker

James Stephen Walker. Al Cannon Detention Center/Provided

A North Charleston landscaping businesses owner was arrested Monday after authorities said he failed to pay more than $150,000 in state taxes over a four-year period.

James Stephen Walker, 50, who owned Lawn-O-Green Inc., was arrested by S.C. Department of Revenue officials on five counts of failing to collect or pay withholding tax.

The state authorities alleged that between 2012 and 2016, Walker withheld state income taxes from employees' wages, but that he failed to pay $154,165 to South Carolina.

Walker was released late Monday from the Charleston County jail on his own recognizance. The resident of Herons Walk in North Charleston faces up to five years in prison and fines of up to $10,000 on each count, authorities said.

State business filings indicated that Walker's company, which had been incorporated in 1977, was dissolved last year.

Walker also filed for bankruptcy in 2017, according to federal court documents that estimate hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt and list creditors that include the IRS.

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Reach Michael Majchrowicz at 843-607-1052. Follow him on Twitter @mjmajchrowicz.

Michael Majchrowicz is a reporter covering crime and public safety. He previously wrote about courts for the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton, Massachusetts. A Hoosier native, he graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism.

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