BATON ROUGE – A Rayville man faces 18 felony counts of suspected fraud in his work as a tax preparer.
Donald Ray Jackson, of 114 Spencer Street in Rayville, is accused of filing fraudulent income tax returns containing fabricated business losses. Seven of Jackson’s clients told investigators with the Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) that they did not own businesses. Two clients said they did own businesses, but that they did not sustain, or claim to have sustained, any losses.
Jackson’s alleged crimes cost Louisiana taxpayers more than $325,000 in fraudulent income tax refunds.
The fabrication of business losses is a common technique among unscrupulous tax preparers who guarantee their clients larger tax refunds than they would receive otherwise. It is one of the practices targeted by LDR and the state Attorney General’s Office in their joint anti-tax fraud initiative that has resulted in 31 arrests since it began in March 2013.
Jackson was arrested on Friday, August 15 and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on nine counts each of Computer Fraud and Filing or Maintaining False Public Records.