Richland convenience store owner arrested for tax evasion

South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) agents have arrested a Richland County convenience store owner and charged him with three counts of tax evasion.

Amitkmar Vinubhai Gohel, 45, of Columbia, reported a total of $293,149 in sales for 2017 through 2019 for his two stores, though the actual sales were $929,573. The defendant failed to report $636,424 in sales, according to the arrest warrants. As a result, he evaded about $50,914 in South Carolina Sales Tax, the warrants allege. 

If convicted, Gohel faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and/or a fine of $10,000 for each count. He is being held in the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center pending a bond hearing.

If you suspect or know of anyone or a business that has committed a state tax crime, such as tax evasion or tax fraud, contact SCDOR Criminal Investigation and submit a Tax Violation Complaint Form (CID-27) to criminalinvestigation@dor.sc.gov or mail it to SCDOR, CID, PO Box 125, Columbia, SC 29214-0930.