Monday, March 10, 2014
A debtor's list issued by the S.C. State Ethics Commission shows eight Williamsburg County residents currently charged with penalties or fines. The Commission provides the list of public officials, public members, public employees, lobbyists, lobbyist's principals, candidates and committees who have failed to pay late filing penalties and enforcement fines owed to the citizens of South Carolina.
Eight persons in Williamsburg County (four in Kingstree, three in Hemingway and one in Nesmith) have penalties ranging from $100 to $36,800. However, some debtors across the state owe penalties totaling over $150,000.
The As a part of its mission to enforce the Ethics Reform Act and ensure compliance with the registration and disclosure requirements of state law, the State Ethics Commission levies late filing penalties, and enforcement fines against violators.
According to the Commission personnel have sent letters, telephoned, and/or made personal contact regarding these debts. In addition, the Commission has referred the list of debtors to the S.C. Department of Revenue for collection through the Set Off Debt Program and Governmental Enterprise Accounts Receivable Collections (GEAR) Program.
The current amount of penalty due may differ from the judgment amount as a result of partial payments or accrual of additional penalty. Since the last update on January 14, 2014, some taxpayers may have resolved their debts and may be in the process of being removed from this list.
For a list of debtors visit the State Ethics Commission website at http://ethics.sc.gov and click on the link "Debtors". Any person or entity appearing in the list may contact the Commission to make arrangements for payment by calling (803) 253-4192 or writing the State Ethics Commission at 5000 Thurmond Mall, Suite 250, Columbia, S.C. 29201.