State investigators crack down on fraudulent tax refunds
BATON ROUGE, La. - Department of Revenue investigators have uncovered millions in fraudulent refunds.
The joint initiative by the Louisiana Department of Revenue and the Attorney General's Office focused on tax preparers. According to state officials, the investigation has resulted in 10 arrests involving $1.8 million in potentially fraudulent refunds since it began in March.
The LDR Taxpayer Refund Intercept Program analyzes income tax refunds as they're processed to look for suspicious patterns.
In the most recent case, three tax preparers from Quick Tax were arrested and booked with felony counts, including theft, computer fraud, tax evasion and filing or maintaining false public records.
"According to the arrest warrants, the suspects prepared tax returns with phony business loss information that resulted in fraudulently large income tax refunds for their clients," said Barry Kelly, director of the LDR Criminal Investigations Division.
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