State: 50th arrest in statewide tax fraud crackdown
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Revenue says a Gretna tax preparer is the 50th person arrested in statewide tax fraud crackdown.
The department says Joyce Gaines of Harvey and two of her employees were booked last week with wire fraud and filing or maintaining false public records.
A news release Monday alleged that phony business losses for hundreds of clients cost the state more than $250,000 in fraudulent state income tax refunds. The department says many of those clients did not own businesses.
The phone listed for Gaines's business, Tax Town LLC of Gretna, was out of service Monday. A call for comment to a Joyce Gaines in Harvey was not immediately returned.
Online sheriff's office records indicate that Gaines was released on $10,000 bond after being booked Thursday in Baton Rouge