The South Carolina Department of Revenue announced that agents have arrested a Lexington grocery store owner Thursday and charged her with operating a business without a retail license.
Natalia Sokil, 44, owner of the European Market in Lexington, was operating a business without a valid retail license and was told to close the business by SCDOR personnel, according to arrest warrants.
Agents were able to buy items at the store June 24, and were charged sales tax on the purchase.
Sokil was transported to the Lexington County Detention center, and awaits a bail hearing. If convicted, she faces a fine of up to $200 or 30 days in jail.
According to SCDOR, by taking enforcement action against non compliant taxpayers, the department seeks to prevent unfairly increasing the tax burden on those who do comply.
The Lexington store had been open since January 25.
The operator of the Lexington European Market Facebook page posted a notice that the store had to "close early due to an emergency" June 24. Although SCDOR only referenced Sokil's Lexington store, she also owns another location in Columbia. The same phrase was published on the Columbia European Market Facebook page June 24, regarding an emergency closure.