Columbia Councilman E.W. Cromartie faces federal charges

The U.S. Attorney has filed criminal charges against Columbia City Councilman Ernest W. Cromartie.  Acting United States Attorney Kevin F. McDonald announced Monday that a three count felony has been filed charging Cromartie with one count of tax evasion and two counts of structuring monetary transactions to evade reporting requirements.
The maximum penalty Cromartie could receive if convicted on the first count  is five years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000, and the maximum sentence he could receive on counts two and three is 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $500,000 on each count.
Cromartie has agreed in a plea agreement to waive the presentation of an indictment to a grand jury.
McDonald says a hearing will be scheduled after the case is assigned to a United States district judge.