Tax preparer arrested on dozens of felony counts for tax fraud

Tax preparer arrested on dozens of felony counts for tax fraud

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A Harvey woman faces dozens of felony charges for falsifying information on her tax return and those of her clients. Lisa Adams was arrested on Wednesday on 11 counts of filing or maintaining false public records, 11 counts of computer fraud, two counts of forgery and one count of theft.

According to the Louisiana Department of Revenue, Adams submitted state tax returns for clients of Omega Tax Services that contained false business losses. State officials say either the companies did not sustain any losses or the businesses did not exist. Four of Adams' clients told state investigators that she made up losses on their 2013 tax returns. Six of them said Adams listed business losses on their returns for companies that they did not own or operate in 2013.

State officials also accuse Adams of falsifying her own tax return and citing losses for a florist shop she claimed to own in 2013.  In a press release released Thursday, they stated, "there is no evidence that business ever existed."

Adams is also charged with falsifying a mortgage interest statement to claim a tax deduction for a property in New Orleans. Officials said, "in that case, she received a fraudulent refund in the amount of $716." They totaled the amount she's accused of collecting through fraud to $28,458.

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