Used car duo busted for shorting sales tax receipts

Published: Jul. 26, 2016 at 10:32 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 26, 2016 at 3:15 PM CDT
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LAFAYETTE, LA (WVUE) - The owners of a Lafayette used car dealership are facing felony charges after state officials accused them in a scheme to steal sales tax revenue.

Shawn Paul Calvit and Michael Vilchez Laue are accused of under reporting the sale price of more than 100 vehicles, paying the lower tax amount and pocketing the difference, according to the Louisiana Department of Revenue.

Calvit and Laue own the Lauco Auto Sales in the 200 block of Johnston Street in Lafayette.

The LDR investigation found the pair reported gross sales of $146,000 when the actual amount was more than $1 million in sales.

The state says the pair shorted the LDR $37,100 in sales tax revenue.

Both Calvit and Laue face felony charges of theft, failing to account for state tax monies and injuring public records.

The investigation and arrests came as part of an ongoing anti-fraud initiative between the Louisiana Department of Revenue and the Louisiana attorney general's office.

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