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Spartanburg lawmaker pleads guilty to tax charges

SPARTANBURG (AP) — A Democratic state legislator has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of failing to file tax returns.

A spokesman for the attorney general’s office says Rep. Harold Mitchell of Spartanburg must pay about $6,000 to avoid jail.

Mark Powell says Mitchell pleaded guilty Nov. 26 to failing to file his 2007 and 2008 state returns. Felony tax evasion charges were dismissed.

A one-year prison sentence was suspended to three years of probation, provided he pays $5,990 for taxes owed from 2005 through 2008, as well as prosecutors’ costs. While he pleaded guilty to charges from two years, he must pay what was owed during all four.

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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