“Penny Tax” Probe: Status Update

NEXT STEPS EYED IN DUAL-TRACK INVESTIGATION … Lost in last week’s headlines about the felony DUI arrest of Richland County, S.C. councilman Kelvin Washington was a much bigger story about his first arrest … the one on tax charges related to a tax hike “approved” via a rigged 2012 election. We’re referring, of…


Lost in last week’s headlines about the felony DUI arrest of Richland County, S.C. councilman Kelvin Washington was a much bigger story about his first arrest … the one on tax charges related to a tax hike “approved” via a rigged 2012 election.

We’re referring, of course, to the ongoing “penny tax scam” – an investigation initiated by S.C. Department of Revenue (SCDOR) director Rick Reames into the proceeds of the $1.2 billion “Richland County Robbery.”

We’ve been on this story from the very beginning … and are continuing to follow twin story lines related to it.

The first storyline?  Reames’ ongoing investigation into the proceeds of the tax.

The second storyline?  The stalled probe into the rigged election itself.

Obviously we believe the latter story line is more important because it goes to the integrity of the electoral process in South Carolina – but Reames’ probe is significant in its own right.  After all, if city and county governments across the Palmetto State are convinced the state is going to require them to spend the proceeds of tax hikes transparently and in accordance with the law – well, that defeats the whole purpose of passing these tax hikes.

To hook themselves up.

Anyway … last week Reames sent a notice to Richland County’s leaders indicating they had thirty days to comply with his agency’s directives regarding any improperly spent “penny tax” proceeds.  And county leaders responded to his notice – saying they were going to comply.

In other words, he’s not backing down …

Even more encouraging, beyond holding Richland County’s feet to the fire we’re told Reames’ agency has been eyeing the slate of upcoming tax referendums – watching out for possible repeat performances of the sort of corruption that went down in the Midlands region of the state.  In fact we’ve spoken to several GOP lawmakers who want to give his agency more money so that it can go out and investigate more of these scams.

These are positive developments indeed … and Reames’ agency is to be credited for its efforts.

If only the investigation into the rigged 2012 election in Richland County were showing such progress …


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Fecal Matters March 4, 2016 at 1:41 pm

Kudos to Reames for keeping the spotlight on these cockroaches.

CorruptionInColumbia March 4, 2016 at 3:00 pm

Great avatar, man!!!!!!

Fecal Matters March 4, 2016 at 3:10 pm

Thanks! Had to make it offecial

erneba March 4, 2016 at 3:39 pm

That you tube video made me chuckle.

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HaHa good one. This one came to mind.

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you look like monsturd(a compliment)

mamatiger92 March 4, 2016 at 2:16 pm

LOVE that the name of the director of the SCDOR is Reames.

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Intheknow March 4, 2016 at 2:43 pm

Rick Reames gets a pass from the press and the legislature because he’s protected by special interests.

Tell me more March 4, 2016 at 2:54 pm

You mean the righteous hand of God?

Intheknow March 4, 2016 at 4:26 pm

No idea about his religious leanings but law firms and big business and crony capitalists are his constituency.

Feelthebern March 4, 2016 at 2:46 pm

Club for Growth is pushing Reames for a guvernor run. But the club has shot blanks for so long what do you expect?

TroubleBaby March 4, 2016 at 2:49 pm

He has far more power as director of the SCDOR than guvna.

Bible Thumper March 4, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Wasn’t Rick Reames appointed by Nikki Haley?

Thomas March 4, 2016 at 4:43 pm

Yes and Fits can’t seem to give credit to Nikki on that.

Sic Semper Tyrannis March 4, 2016 at 7:11 pm

I agree, credit is due. Even if it’s 1 out of 100.

Cesar March 4, 2016 at 3:34 pm

`Reames is a lawyer on loan from the law firm Nexen Pruet. Nexen Pruet was in on the penny tax scam. They were to do a ton of work for several of the firms and the county. They got cut out of the deal and just like that, Reames busted them.

People, this is not about good vs evil. This is about pissing off your partners in crime.

Bible Thumper March 4, 2016 at 3:38 pm

If that’s true, that is one of the benefits of “checks a balances”. Power corrupts, but if you can keep different power bases in opposition to each other, corruption is partly held in check.

So what March 4, 2016 at 4:01 pm

As long as evil gets its nutsack kicked in I’m okay with Reames getting whatever credit he gets. He gave “good” a year or so head start and it was apparently found wanting.

Rocky Verdad March 4, 2016 at 5:07 pm

So once again, good employment numbers, no article on FITS.

Bible Thumper March 4, 2016 at 9:18 pm

Average weekly wages were down $6.11, but considering the chicken little markets of January and early February, it was a pretty good report.

Joe March 4, 2016 at 6:29 pm

When will Reames turn his attention to the Myrtle Beach penny Ad tax. Doesn’t look like anyone else is going to look into it.

Pee Dee Corruption March 4, 2016 at 9:43 pm

I want to like Reames but the whole Florence-Leatherman thing is a problem for me.


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