A Baton Rouge woman admitted in federal court Tuesday that she illegally obtained $102,000 in tax refunds by preparing and filing fraudulent tax returns using the stolen personal information of 73 victims, U.S. Attorney Walt Green said.
Laguardia Coston, 28, pleaded guilty to theft and conversion of government funds. Senior U.S. District Judge James Brady did not set a sentencing date.
Coston used names and social security numbers of unknowing victims to prepare fraudulent W-2 Forms that were then used to electronically file the fraudulent tax returns. She also admitted to unlawfully obtaining tax refunds in the form of U.S. Treasury checks and electronic bank deposits.
The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation Division.