Mt. Pleasant woman arrested on tax charges

Tonya Lynell Bennett (provided)

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV)-- A Mt. Pleasant woman is behind bars for filing for an income tax refund for a job she didn't even have.The SC Department of Revenue arrested 23-year-old Tonya Lynell Bennett on one count of forgery and one count of assisting in the preparation of a false tax return.According to the SC Dept. of Revenue, in 2010 Bennett provided a W2 form to a tax preparation service in Charleston which was used to prepare her 2009 individual income taxes. The SC Dept. of Revenue says the W2 form indicated that Bennett worked at Churpeyes, Inc., but evidence obtained from the employer revealed that Bennett did not actually work there. Bennett's use of the fraudulent W2 form resulted in her receiving a SC income tax refund to which she was not entitled. If convicted of the two felony charges, Bennett could face up to 15 years in prison and/or $500 in fines.

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