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.
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.