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Upstate lawmaker suspended after indictment

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SC Rep. Harold Mitchell talks to media at the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office. (Sept. 8, 2011/FOX Carolina) SC Rep. Harold Mitchell talks to media at the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office. (Sept. 8, 2011/FOX Carolina)
SPARTANBURG, SC (AP) -

State Rep. Harold Mitchell Jr. has been suspended from the South Carolina House after his indictment on felony charges.

The Spartanburg Democrat was suspended Friday and will not be able take any legislative action in committees or the House floor or conduct any official duties while he faces charges.

The state grand jury's indictment came after the Revenue Department claimed that Mitchell didn't file state individual income tax returns on time between 2005 and 2008, filed delinquent returns in 2009 and tried to avoid paying $7,000 in state taxes.

A conviction on the tax evasion charges could bring 20 years in prison and a $40,000 fine.

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