Longs woman arrested for tax fraud

COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) – A Longs woman has been arrested and accused of filing a fraudulent tax return alleging she earned wages from an employer she did not work for, officials stated.

Linda Bellamy, 33, was arrested Thursday for one count of assisting in the preparation of a fraudulent tax return and one count of conspiracy, according to a news release from the SC Department of Revenue.

Bellamy presented a fraudulent tax return to a preparer for the 2011 tax year, officials stated in the release, alleging she earned $16,788 in wages, even though she did not work for the employer indicated. She claimed a state tax refund of $755 to which she was not entitled, the release stated.

The investigation revealed Bellamy and another individual conspired to commit the offense. If convicted, she could face penalties up to $5,500 and up to 10 years in prison.

She is currently in J. Reuben Long Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.

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