Ex-councilman admits tax counts

Former Columbia City Councilman E.W. Cromartie II pleaded guilty Monday to one count of income tax evasion and two counts of aggravated structuring.

Gerry Melendez

COLUMBIA -- The longest-serving councilman in South Carolina's capital has pleaded guilty to federal tax evasion charges.

Acting U.S. Attorney Kevin McDonald said Monday that former Columbia Councilman E.W. Cromartie II pleaded guilty in federal court in Columbia to one count of income tax evasion and two counts of aggravated structuring.

Cromartie last month admitted failing to pay more than $25,000 in federal income taxes. His plea agreement shows Cromartie also admitted making more than $200,000 in cash deposits and withdrawals just below the IRS minimums for transaction reporting rules.

He will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge David Norton. Cromartie and prosecutors have agreed that a sentence of one year and one day would be appropriate.

He served on the City Council for more than 25 years.