A Columbia attorney plead guilty in federal court Tuesday to lying to a federal agent.
According to a press release from U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins,, attorney Joenathan Chaplin admitted to making a false statement to a U.S. Department of Treasury agent. Chaplin admitted to telling a special agent that he was not aware of a requirement that the IRS be told if a person or business receives more than $10,000 in one transaction.
The charge is a felony. Chaplin, a criminal defense attorney, could get up to five years in prison and a fine of $250,000. The case against Chaplin was made by agents at the IRS Criminal Investigation Division.
Chaplin has been released on bond. A sentencing date has not been set.
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Last year, Chaplin was reprimanded by the S.C. Supreme Court for violating rules governing professional conduct and discipline enforcement.
Chaplin admitted to not promptly representing a client, charging an unreasonable fee and failing to respond to a disciplinary authority, according to a court document.