New Orleans woman arrested for tax fraud scheme involving prison inmates

 

Darylynn Carter

Darylynn Carter

BATON ROUGE – A New Orleans woman faces multiple felonies for a tax fraud scheme that involved filing phony tax returns in the names of other taxpayers, including two prison inmates.

Darylynn Carter (Booking Photo) is accused of filing fraudulent tax returns and directing the refunds to her own bank account. The phony tax filings included falsified W2 income tax withholding documents.

Investigators determined that in all five cases, the taxpayers whose names appeared on the tax returns had earned no income during the tax year in question. In two cases, they had earned no income because they were incarcerated at the time.

Carter is the 45th person arrested under a joint anti-fraud initiative of the Louisiana Department of Revenue and the state Attorney General’s office. She was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Tuesday on five counts of computer fraud, five counts of injuring public records, and one count of theft in the amount of $1,755.

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Destrehan couple face felony charges for fraud, tax evasion

BATON ROUGE – A Destrehan tax preparer and her husband face felony counts of fraud and tax evasion, the Louisiana Department of Revenue announced Wednesday.

The charges against Ihsia (Ee-Sha) Eugene and Tedrick Eugene, of 62 Brandon Hall in Destrehan, are the result of a joint anti-fraud investigation by the Department of Revenue and the state Attorney General’s office. They are the 41st and 42nd suspects arrested since the inter-agency crackdown began two years ago in March 2013.

Investigators say that as a partner in Secure Tax Service LLC, Ihsia Eugene (Booking Photo) filed tax returns claiming fabricated business loss deductions on behalf of clients who did not own businesses, or who had not sustained any business losses. The phony deductions resulted in $62,660 in fraudulent refunds.

Eugene is accused also of underreporting the income she earned from Secure Tax Service. She reported earnings of $22,000 in 2012 when bank records demonstrate she earned $84,704.38. And in 2013, she failed to file a tax return at all on earnings of $88,296. In all, she is suspected of evading state taxes on income of $151,000. She was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Tuesday, March 10 on 11 counts of Filing or Maintaining False Public Records, 11 counts of Computer Fraud, two counts of Criminal Penalty for Evasion of Tax and one count of Failure to File.

In a related case, Tedrick Eugene (Booking Photo) is charged with evading state taxes on income of $28,386 he earned from Secure Tax Service by failing to file a tax return in 2013. He was arrested and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Tuesday, March 10 on one count of Criminal Penalty for Evasion of Tax and one count of Failure to File.

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Tax preparer arrested for fraudulent tax credit claims

BATON ROUGE – A Tallulah woman faces more than 30 felony counts related to a $60,000 tax fraud scheme, the Louisiana Department of Revenue reported Monday.

Investigators say Chetoria Tyler (Booking Photo), of 216 Allen Street in Tallulah, submitted fraudulent income tax returns on behalf of clients of her tax preparation business, TC Enterprises. She is the 33rd person arrested under a joint anti-tax fraud initiative of the Department of Revenue and the state Office of the Attorney GeneraChetoria Tyler - 216 Allen Street, Tallulahl.

Tyler is charged with filing 2012 and 2013 Louisiana Individual Income Tax returns containing false claims for state child care tax credits. Ten of her clients told investigators they did not have any dependents and did not provide Tyler with information claiming they did.

The phony tax credit claims resulted in $61,447 in fraudulent income tax refunds issued to Tyler’s clients. False or inflated tax credit claims are a common technique among unscrupulous tax preparers who promise clients larger tax refunds than they would receive otherwise.

In addition to the false returns filed on behalf of clients, Tyler is charged with failing to report income she earned from her tax preparation work, and with inflating the withholding data on her own state individual income tax return. The Department of Revenue’s Tax Refund Intercept Program (TRIP) blocked $1,767 in fraudulent refunds that Tyler would have received due to the inflated withholding.

Tyler was arrested on Thursday, September 11 and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on 15 counts of computer fraud, 15 counts of filing or maintaining false public records and two counts of criminal penalty for evasion of tax.

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New Orleans tax preparer arrested for fraud

BATON ROUGE – A New Orleans woman faces charges of defrauding the State of Louisiana of more than $900,000 through the filing of false tax returns, the Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) announced Thursday.

Kenshika Sade Jiles, of 5209 Spain Street in New Orleans, was arrested by investigators from the Louisiana Department of Justice (DOJ) on April 16 and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. She faces two felony counts of computer fraud and injuring public records.

Investigators say Jiles, owner of S&A Tax Service, prepared and submitted tax returns containing false information including phony business expenses, unreimbursed employee expenses and improper child care tax credit claims. Her alleged actions resulted in $923,751 in unpaid taxes and fraudulent refunds.

Jiles is the 17th person arrested since March 2013 under an anti-fraud initiative by the Department of Revenue and state Department of Justice.

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Bossier Parish tax preparer arrested on fraud charges

BATON ROUGE – A Bossier Parish tax preparer faces felony charges related to tax fraud, the Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) announced Wednesday.

Marie Kemp, known also as Marie Devers, of 430 Kingston Road in Benton, was arrested in Bossier City on April 3, 2014, and transported to Baton Rouge on April 7, where she was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

Kemp is the 16th person arrested under a joint anti-fraud initiative by the Department of Revenue and the Louisiana Department of Justice (DOJ). She faces 21 counts of identity theft, computer fraud, and filing or maintaining false public records.

Kemp is accused of falsifying tax returns filed through Marie’s Tax Service, a tax preparation business with two locations in Bossier City. She allegedly inflated income tax refunds for her clients by improperly claiming the state’s Child Care Expense Tax Credit. Investigators contacted the providers listed on the falsified returns, who denied providing the services.

“The abuse of state tax credits is fraud,” Secretary of Revenue Tim Barfield said. “This anti-fraud initiative helps to ensure valuable programs such as the Child Care Expense Tax Credit remain available for those who need them.”

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Captured fugitive faces charges of theft and bank fraud

BATON ROUGE – A fugitive fraud suspect on the run for nearly three years is in custody in Louisiana facing felony charges including theft and bank fraud.  Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Bureau of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) arrested 26-year old Ardel Youssef, wanted for his suspected participation in a series of bank frauds totaling nearly $200,000 in 2007 and 2009.

Youssef’s alleged criminal activity is connected to a company named ZBR Ahlmar Inc., doing business as Canal Junction, a tobacco products retailer.  Youssef owned the company with his mother, 45-year old Huwiata Youssef.  Criminal allegations date to 2007 when ATC investigators received complaints that the Youssefs had issued thousands of dollars of worthless checks to tobacco wholesale dealers.  The 2007 investigation uncovered an elaborate fraud scheme against several victims including four banks.  The Youssefs were suspected of targeting the banks with a check kiting scheme to acquire the money to purchase property for their business and to stock it with tobacco products. 

However, by the time the arrest warrants were issued, the Youssefs had relocated and could not be found.

In 2009, the Alexandria Police Department identified Ardel Youssef as the suspect in a felony theft case involving the purchase of telephone calling cards using worthless checks totaling $20,000.  However, Youssef fled the Alexandria area before police could arrest him.

On Wednesday, January 27, 2010, ATC enforcement agents received information that Ardel Youssef had boarded a plane at JFK International Airport in New York headed for Shreveport.  Youssef was on the plane and ATC agents, assisted by Shreveport Regional Airport Police, arrested him shortly after it landed.

“Ardel Youssef’s pattern of behavior suggests that he was returning to Louisiana to resume his criminal enterprise,” said ATC Commissioner Murphy Painter. “I am proud of the work by all agencies involved to get this suspect off the streets and bring this crime spree to an end.”

 Ardel Youssef was booked into the Caddo Parish Correctional Center on multiple charges of theft, issuing worthless checks and bank fraud.

Huwiata Youssef is still being sought for her suspected participation in these crimes.  Investigators ask anyone with information on her location to call ATC at 225-925-4041 or their local law enforcement agency.

For more information, please contact:

Lt. Sasha Hyderkhan

Public Information Officer, Training and Support Services Unit

Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control

Office: 225-925-4041

Cell: 225-773-8088

Fax: 225-922-0312

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