Conway woman charged with tax fraud
A Conway woman was arrested on several false tax return charges, according to a release from the S.C. Department of Revenue.
Wanda Conyers, 31, of Conway, was charged with willfully assisting in the preparation of a false tax return, criminal conspiracy and forgery less than $10,000, according to authorities. She is being held at J. Reuben Long Detention Center pending a bond hearing.
If convicted, Conyers faces up to 15 years in prison and/or $5,500 in fines for the three felony charges, according to the release.
The charges stemmed from the fraudulent preparation of a 2011 individual income tax return and knowingly submitting a forged W2 form to a tax preparer in order to have a tax return prepared, according to the release. The forged W2 form alleged Conyers earned $12,599 in wages and had taxes withheld from her wages; Conyers did not work for the employer.
The fraudulent W2 form resulted in a false income tax return being submitted, and tax refunds totaling $9,073 were requested of which Conyers was not entitled, according to the release. An investigation by revenue officials showed that Conyers and another person conspired to commit the offense of willfully assisting in the preparation of a false income tax return as Conyers was advised of the tax scam by another individual.
Federal grand jury indicts Loris man
A Loris man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on weapons and drug charges, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Jeffrey Lamont Jordan, 35, was charged in a two-count indictment with being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, according to a news release. Jordan is prohibited under federal law from possession of firearms and ammunition based upon prior state convictions that include strong armed robbery, arson, unlawful carrying of a pistol, resisting arrest, and several drug charges.
If convicted, Jordan faces up to life in prison.
Carsh injuries fatal for area man
A Georgetown County man died a day after he suffered injuries in a single vehicle crash, according to authorities.
Stephen Lance, 45, of Georgetown died Tuesday while being treated at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston for injuries he suffered in the crash, said Georgetown County Deputy Coroner Paulette Radcliffe.
Lance was injured in a crash that happened Monday on Secondary Highway 318, also known as Johnson Road, said Lance Cpl. Judd Jones with the S.C. Highway Patrol.
Lance was driving a 1988 GMC sport utility vehicle north on Secondary Highway 318 when the vehicle went off the right side of the road, struck a ditch and then a utility pole, Jones said. Lance was wearing a seatbelt.
The crash is under investigation.
Man assaulted by friend after night out
An Ohio man told Myrtle Beach police his friend assaulted him after the men got separated while out at a club, according to a police report.
The 21-year-old victim called officers at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday to 2506 N. Ocean Blvd., to report he had been assaulted, police said.
The victim said he was out with his friend, a 23-year-old man from Mansfield, Ohio, when the men got separated from each other, according to the report. The victim said he return to their hotel room and went to sleep.
The victim said his friend returned and woke him up by punching him in the face, according to the report. The men argued about one leaving the other while at the club before the suspect left the room.
The victim told officers he didn’t want to prosecute the other man. The victim was treated by EMS and refused to be taken to a hospital. He suffered swelling to his cheek, eye and cuts to his ear and eyebrow.
Man accused in assault, kidnapping
A 45-year-old Myrtle Beach man was jailed Tuesday on charges related to a sexual assault, according to a police report.
Joseph Curtis Jr., 45, was charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping and is being held at the Myrtle Beach Jail pending a bond hearing, according to jail records.
Myrtle Beach police were called to a home in the 1000 block of Spivey Avenue at 12 p.m. Tuesday for the incident, according to a police report. The report did not list additional details about the incident or the victim’s age.
S.C. DOT seeking comment road changes
The South Carolina Department of Transportation is seeking public comment on four projects including one in Georgetown County.
That project is a median consolidation on U.S. 17 between Waverly Road and Baskerville Drive that would change the median and associated intersections. Cars would no longer be able to cross over drive in the median except at designated intersections.
The transportation, community and system preservation program grant the county could receive is for $1,250,000.
Public comment will be accepted through Oct. 11.
For more information, visit http://www.scdot.org/inside/public_comment.aspx.
From staff reports