NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A New Orleans woman accused of filing false tax returns in her own name and in the names of unsuspecting strangers faces multiple felony charges for fraud.
Qwanda Lashay Dampeer, of 7520 Crestmont Road in New Orleans, is accused of receiving thousands of dollars in illegally obtained income tax refunds. She allegedly filed phony Louisiana individual income tax returns, with fake W-2 withholding forms, in her own name and in the names four other people, directing the refunds to her own bank accounts.
Owners of the businesses identified on the phony withholding forms told investigators that the people named on the returns did not work for them during those periods.
Dampeer is accused also of reporting personal income from businesses she claimed she owned, but investigators determined those businesses did not exist.
She allegedly received $4,515 in illegally obtained refunds. An additional $458 in fraudulent refunds was stopped by fraud detection methods at the Louisiana Department of Revenue before being issued.
The alleged fraud took place during the 2011, 2012 and 2013 tax years.
Dampeer was arrested on January 15 and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on seven felony counts including Computer Fraud, Theft, Attempted Theft and Injuring Public Records.