Local attorney suspended from practice

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A local attorney faces one year in prison or a $5,000 fine and a two-year retro-active suspension following his 2011 arrest on tax evasion charges.

Two counts of income tax evasion, two counts of failure to file income tax returns and six counts of failure to collect or pay withholding tax are the charges 44-year-old Chad Brian Hatley faced when he was arrested on Sept. 23, 2011.

During December of 2011, Hatley pled guilty to three counts of failure to pay or file tax returns. All other charges were dismissed.

The South Carolina Supreme Court has suspended Hatley from practicing law for two years. Before returning to his role as an attorney, Hatley must complete the Legal Ethics School and Trust Account School and reimburse all persons harmed by his actions.

The costs spent on the investigation and his prosecution by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel and the Commission must also be paid for by Hatley by Jan. 11, 2013, 30 days from the ruling.

Chad Hatley is the son of North Myrtle Beach Mayor Marilyn Hatley.

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