Spartanburg lawmaker pleads guilty to tax charges

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — A Democratic state legislator has pleaded guilty to not paying his taxes on time.

The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg reports (http://bit.ly/UNgEir ) that Rep. Harold Mitchell of Spartanburg likely will not spend time in jail after felony counts of tax evasion were dismissed. He pleaded guilty Monday to two misdemeanor counts of not paying taxes on time.

He was sentenced to one year of probation, provided he pays the money he owes.

The state Revenue Department accused Mitchell of not filing state income tax returns from 2005 through 2008 until he filed a delinquent return in 2009. He was then charged with failing to report income.

Mitchell had denied the charges.

The 47-year-old faced no opposition this year in his re-election bid. The House suspended him in January, following his indictment.

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Information from: Herald-Journal, http://www.goupstate.com/

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