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      Horry County woman arrested on tax charges

      Linda Bellamy, photo courtesy of J. Reuben Long Detention Center

      A 33-year-old Longs woman has been arrested on tax charges.

      Officials with the South Carolina Department of Revenue arrested Linda Bellamy for one count of Assisting in the Preparation of a Fraudulent Tax Return and one count of Conspiracy.

      "This is the latest DOR arrest in an ongoing Horry County investigation in which several related arrests have previously taken place," according to Samantha Cheek with the SC Department of Revenue.

      Bellamy is accused of presenting a fraudulent W-2 form to a preparer, in order to have a tax return filed in her name for the 2011 year.

      She did not work for the employer indicated, according to Cheek.

      Bellamy also claimed a state tax refund of $755 to which she was not entitled.

      The DOR investigation revealed that Bellamy and another individual conspired to commit the offense of willfully assisting in preparation of a fraudulent tax return, and Bellamy was provided the fraudulent W-2 tax form by a third party, according to the press release.

      If convicted, Bellamy could face up to 10 years in prison and penalties of up to $5,500 in fines.

      She is being held at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center where she is awaiting a bond hearing.