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DOR: Mitchell owes $7K in back taxes

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SC Rep. Harold Mitchell at the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office on Sept. 8. (FOX Carolina) SC Rep. Harold Mitchell at the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office on Sept. 8. (FOX Carolina)
Rep. Mitchell's bond hearing Rep. Mitchell's bond hearing

A South Carolina representative accused of tax evasion turned himself in again Tuesday afternoon.

District 31 Rep. Harold Mitchell, D-Spartanburg, was processed at the Spartanburg County Detention Center Tuesday and his arraignment is scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday.

According to the SC Department of Revenue, Mitchell filed four delinquent individual income tax returns on April 22, 2009 for tax years 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Mitchell's attorney Bruce Byrholdt said the investigation into Mitchell's finances began last June.

The department said Mitchell filed returns on April 22 for $49,746.30 earned during the four years, but he neglected to report an additional $224,711 of income earned during that period.

According to the department, Mitchell said he never earned income other than what was reported on his W-2 forms.

The department said Mitchell attempted to evade state income tax of $7,248.96 for the four years.

Mitchell said he does not know the specifics of the accusations and will have no further comment until after his arraignment.

Mitchell tried to turn himself in last Thursday, but the warrants had not been secured. Byrholdt said no explanation has been given for why the warrants were not ready.

Byrholdt said he also plans to file a Freedom of Information Act request on how this investigation was started.

When asked if the charges were politically motivated, Mitchell responded on Thursday:

"I do find it ironic that on the day that Governor Haley calls me her friend is the day that I'm being processed by her department for tax evasion, and when I'm in Columbia I can't even get invited to the dinner table."

Haley's spokesman, Rob Godfrey, called Mitchell's situation unfortunate.

"The Department of Revenue does not issue warrants without cause, and certainly not for any reason other than a violation of the law," Godfrey said. "The governor considers state Rep. Mitchell an friend, despite their political differences."

During a bond hearing Tuesday afternoon, a judge gave Mitchell a $20,000 PR bond.

Rep. Mitchell posted bond and walked out of jail Tuesday evening.

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