Florence lawmaker found guilty of tax charges


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A jury has found a state representative from Florence guilty of four counts of misdemeanor tax charges.

Republican Kris Crawford was fined $10,000 but not sentenced to any jail time Friday. A Florence County jury deliberated less than two hours before finding him guilty of not filing his 2004 through 2007 taxes on time.

The Legislature's lone doctor says he depended on his accountant to properly file his taxes. Prosecutors argued Crawford intentionally didn't ask questions, even when problems arose.

Crawford says he's relieved it's over and glad he went through the jury process.

He faced up to a year in jail and $10,000 fine on each count. Crawford was re-elected this month with 69 percent of the vote.

His last trial ended with a hung jury.

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