Report: Women collect $2K with fake W-2 forms

Pamela Chanell Gaffney (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Pamela Chanell Gaffney (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The tax scam in Horry County has resulted in six arrests, three of which were made Friday of women accused of presenting fraudulent W-2 forms.

Investigators from the South Carolina Department of Revenue have already arrested three women this week for reportedly using fake W-2 tax forms to receive less than $800 in state refund money.

Friday, three more women are accused of being involved in the tax-related scam in the Grand Strand.

Lacy Denise Chestnut, Pamela Chanell Gaffney, and Denise Williams Manasse were booked into the J. Reuben Long Detention Center on Friday where they were each charged with one count of willfully assisting in the preparation of a false tax return.

Similarly to the previous arrests, tax officials say Chestnut, Gaffney and Williams each presented a fraudulent W-2 form to a tax service for the 2011 tax year in order to have an income tax return prepared.

Lacy Denise Chestnut's fraudulent W-2 tax form, according to SCDOR, stated that she earned $16,899 during the year and had $760 in state wages withheld. Even though the employer on the tax form was in fact correct, Chestnut, 28, inflated the wages and withholding amounts claiming a $674 state income tax refund.

Pamela Chanell Gaffney, 27, claimed she earned $16,400 and $738 in state wages withheld on a fake W-2, resulting in a tax refund of $581.

Also for the 2011 tax year, Denise Williams Manasse, 33, illegally altered an employer W-2 form to state that she had earned wages of $16,750 and $753 in state withholding taxes, resulting in a refund of $753.

Chestnut is currently awaiting a bond hearing, while Gaffney and Manasse are each being held on a $10,000 cash or surety bond.

Each woman could face penalties of up to five years in prison and, or $500 in charges.

*Photos for Lacy Denise Chestnut and Denise Williams Manasse were not available at time of publication.

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