By Associated Press - Tuesday, January 5, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The latest about two Richland County politicians charged with not paying their taxes. All times local:

6 p.m.

A former Columbia city councilman has received probation after admitting he didn’t file his tax returns for two years.

Local media outlets report that Brian Newman was sentenced Tuesday to two years of probation. The time will be reduced to six months after he pays nearly $11,000 in taxes owed and court costs.

Newman had faced up to two years in prison on the misdemeanor charges for failing to report more than $201,000 for tax years 2012 and 2013.



Richland County councilman Kelvin Washington faces charges of failing to file for tax years 2012 through 2014.

Tuesday’s arrests stemmed from the Revenue Department’s investigation into the county’s use of local sales tax money. Voters approved the additional penny-on-the-dollar for transportation in 2012.

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1:05 p.m.

Authorities have accused a Richland County councilman and former Columbia city councilman of not paying their taxes.

The state Department of Revenue said county councilman Kelvin Washington and former city councilman Brian Newman turned themselves in Tuesday. The agency says Washington failed to report $427,000 of income for tax years 2012 to 2014, and Newman didn’t report more than $201,000 for tax years 2012 and 2013.

Revenue Director Rick Reames says the public deserves accountability from elected officials.

Local media outlets report the arrests stem from the agency’s investigation into the county’s use of local sales tax money. Voters narrowly approved the additional penny-on-the dollar for transportation projects in 2012.

Newman said in a statement he takes responsibility for his mistake.

Washington’s attorney did not immediately return a message Tuesday.

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