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      Hartsville resident arrested for tax evasion, conspiracy

      Investigators with the South Carolina Department of Revenue investigators arrested a man from Hartsville for state tax charges Wednesday.

      Cecil Gainey, 50, was charged at the Darlington County Detention Center with three counts of Income Tax Evasion and one count of Conspiracy.

      In 2006, 2007 and 2008, Gainey reported fraudulent information on his income tax returns by inflating mileage figures to increase deductions, and for those periods, Gainey received state income tax refunds totaling $4,361 to which he was not entitled, according to the revenue department.

      Gainey also conspired to commit tax evasion along with another individual by discussing various mileage figures to use on Gainey's 2008 income tax return, said revenue department officials.

      If convicted of the charges, Gainey could face up to $35,000 in fines and/or 20 years in prison.

      Gainey is currently awaiting a bond hearing at the Detention Center.