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Richland County Man Convicted at Trial of Tax Evasion

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COLOMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA — Richard Boggs of Irmo was convicted following a jury trial in federal court on five counts of tax evasion.

According to documents and evidence presented at trial, Boggs evaded $274,461 of his personal income taxes from 2015 to 2019 by submitting to his employers a IRS W-4 forms incorrectly stating that he was exempt from federal income tax withholding. He also did not file a tax return from 2015 to 2019, even though he was legally required to do so based on the amount of income he earned.

“Defendant effectively stole more than a quarter of a million dollars from American taxpayers, and he deserved the sentence he will receive,” said U.S. Attorney Adair F. Boroughs. “I appreciate the hard work of our partners at the IRS in identifying and investigating those who seek to illegally manipulate the tax system to enrich themselves.”

“The law is clear on who is required to file and pay taxes: there is no gray area on the subject,” said Donald “Trey” Eakins, IRS.Special Agent in Charge of Criminal Investigations, Charlotte Field Office. “We must not forget that the ultimate victims in tax evasion cases are the citizens of the United States – those honest taxpayers who diligently file tax returns each year. This conviction sends the message that the IRS strives to ensure that all taxpayers declare and pay their fair share of taxes.

Senior United States District Judge Cameron M. Currie presided over the trial and will sentence Boggs on January 18, 2023, after receiving and reviewing pre-sentence reports prepared by the United States Probation Office. Boggs faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in federal prison. He also faces a period of supervised release, restitution and financial penalties.

Internal Revenue ServiceThe Criminal Investigation investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys John C. Potterfield and Dean H. Secor are prosecuting the case.

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