Lafayette used car dealer accused of defrauding the state of sales tax revenue, not filing income tax returns, state reports _lowres

Photo provided by LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE -- Used-car dealer Larry Dwayne Brown, 44, of LA Auto Sales in Lafayette, was arrested on April 14, 2016, on accusations he defrauded the state of an estimated $20,000 in sales tax collections, according to the Louisiana Department of Revenue.

A Lafayette used car dealer arrested last week is accused of defrauding the state out of an estimated $20,000 in sales tax revenues and of failing to file a personal state income tax return for more than a decade, the Louisiana Department of Revenue reported Monday.

Larry Dwayne Brown, 307 Cantal Drive, was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish prison on Thursday on counts of theft, failing to account for state tax monies and failure to file taxes, the release stated.

Investigators say Brown, the 44-year-old owner of La. Auto Sales on the Northwest Evangeline Thruway, “underreported the sale price of dozens of vehicles, remitted too little sales tax and pocketed the difference.” He also is accused of not filing a personal state income tax return since 2003, according to the release.

Brown was released from jail on Friday after paying an $8,000 bond, according to booking records.