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Florence lawmaker found guilty of tax evasion

COLUMBIA, SC (AP/WMBF) - A jury has found a state representative from Florence guilty of four counts of misdemeanor tax evasion.

Attorney General's Office, Mark Powell, tells WMBF News that Representative Kris Crawford was convicted on all four counts of failure to file taxes in a timely manner.

Those charges are for the failure to pay in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. Crawford was given a $10,000 fine and held responsible for cost of prosecution. This is a misdemeanor, Powell adds.

The trial was in the Florence County General Sessions Court, and prosecuted by the Attorney General's Office.

A Florence County jury deliberated less than two hours before reaching their verdict.

The Legislature's lone doctor says he depended on his accountant to properly file his taxes. Prosecutors argued Crawford intentionally didn't ask questions of his accounts even when problems arose about his tax returns from 2004 to 2007.

Crawford says he's relieved it's over and glad he went through the jury process.

Crawford was re-elected this month with 69% of the vote. His last trial ended with a hung jury.

Copyright 2012 WMBF News. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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