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      State representative pays fine following conviction on tax charges

      Officials with the Florence County Clerk of Court's Office say State Representative Kris Crawford paid his $10,000 fine Wednesday.

      Crawford is a physician and represents District 63, which is in Florence County.

      In November, a jury found him guilty of four misdemeanor charges of willfully failing to file state taxes on time.

      He was not sentenced to any jail time, just the $10,000 fine.

      Crawford blamed his former accountant's poor work.

      But, prosecutors said it was Crawford's responsibility to make sure his taxes were filed on time.

      In a statement to NewsChannel 15 after the jury's verdict, Crawford said he accepted their decision.

      "I respect the process. I appreciate the jury's service, and I respect their decision. I obviously believe in my innocence. My family does. But, the jury arrived at the verdict that they arrived at and this is our system in America," said Crawford.

      Crawford was first tried on the tax charges in April of 2011.

      A mistrial was declared after a jury couldn't reach a verdict.