A married Lafayette couple jailed on Wednesday mark the latest arrests in an ongoing investigation in which dozens of people are accused of filing millions of dollars in fraudulent tax claims, authorities said.
James Terry Chester, 64, and Constance Brown-Chester, 57, both of 107 Kingswood Drive, filed $226,000 in fraudulent income tax refunds through their business, C&B Tax Service, authorities said.
The Chesters submitted state tax returns with “fabricated business losses for clients who had sustained no losses and in many cases were not business owners,” according to an Attorney General’s news release announcing the couple’s arrest.
Brown-Chester is also accused of filing returns claiming losses for the couple’s own business that could not be verified.
Chester was booked on five counts each of computer fraud and filing or maintaining false public records. Brown-Chester was booked on 11 counts each of computer fraud and filling or maintaining false public records.
Both remained in the East Baton Rouge Parish jail on Thursday afternoon, according to booking records. Bond is $10,000 for Chester and $22,000 for Brown-Chester.