4 Charleston area people arrested on fraudulent tax return charges

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV) - Four more people from the Charleston area were arrested as part of an income tax refund investigation, Department of Revenue officials announced Friday.

Officials said that brings the total number of people arrested in connection to the case from the Charleston area to nine.

On Thursday, officials arrested 60-year-old Terrance Major and 30-year-old Teaco Washington.

Major was charged with three counts of assisting in the preparation of fraudulent income tax returns and three counts of forgery between 21008 and 2010. Officials said Major used the fraudulent returns to receive more than $2,000 that he was not entitled.

According to Department of Revenue officials, Washington filed fraudulent returns for 2008 and 2009 and claimed state refunds of nearly $1,300. He was charged with two counts of assisting of the preparation of fraudulent returns and two counts of forgery.

Angela Maria White, 28, was arrested Friday on four counts of preparing fraudulent returns and forgery. White, officials said, filed false tax returns between 2008 and 2011 and received tax returns of $2,701.

Police also arrested 23-year-old La'Donia Simmons on three counts of forgery and three counts of preparing false tax returns for the years 2008, 2009 and 2010.

The four people, if convicted, face prison sentences ranging from 25 to 45 years.