BATON ROUGE – A resident of Virginia faces felony charges in Louisiana for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars in state income tax refunds.
Charles Lawrence Fisher, of Palmyra, VA, is accused of submitting Louisiana individual income tax returns in the names of two unsuspecting Louisiana residents and directing the refunds to a bank account in his own name.
In one case, the Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) processed the return and issued a refund in the amount of $2,123, which was deposited electronically into a checking account at a bank in Virginia.
In the second case, a refund of $2,697 was intercepted before being issued when LDR’s fraud detection protocols flagged the return as suspicious.
The subsequent investigation linked both fraudulent returns to Fisher.
Louisiana authorities transported Fisher to Baton Rouge on Friday where he was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on one count each of Injuring Public Records, Computer Fraud, Theft and Attempted Theft.
Fisher is the 40th person arrested under a joint anti-fraud initiative of the Department of Revenue and the state Attorney General’s office.
Booking Photo: Charles Lawrence Fisher