Three Baton Rouge area tax preparers face felony counts for allegedly creating fake business losses on tax returns.
The state Department of Revenue said Monday that the arrests stem from an initiative with the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office. The joint initiative uses computer tools to identify suspicious patterns in tax returns.
The revenue department said the effort has resulted in a number of arrests and the identification of millions of dollars in possibly fraudulent income tax refunds.
Earlier this month, three people connected to Quick Tax, with locations in Baton Rouge and Baker, were arrested for allegedly padding tax returns with phony business losses to generate $210,422 in fraudulent refunds for their clients. Ebony C. Martin, 17424 Airline Hwy. in Prairieville, Shantel Banks, 8441 Betty Smothers Ave. in Baton Rouge, and Alfreda Walker, 4912 Longfellow Drive in Baton Rouge, face a number of felony counts.