Woman accused of cheating the state out of more than $26,000 with false tax returns

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 4:28pm

A Prairieville woman was arrested for tax evasion after she allegedly bilked the state out of more than $26,000 with fraudulent tax returns.

The suspect, Ebony C. Martin, 33, worked as a tax preparer for Quick Tax Services, which is located in Baker, La. She’s accused of falsifying documents for 13 clients during the 2012 filing period.

The report specifically mentions suspicious “Schedule C” (business loss) forms. Martin allegedly filed losses for these clients, even though they did not own a business.

“These clients stated that Martin never asked about true business ownership or business receipts,” the report noted. “These clients did inform that they did not and have never owned a business, therefore, these returns are false and fraudulent.”

The false tax information allowed the clients to have a higher tax refund, which created a loss to the state of $26,399.

Martin was arrested and charged with Theft, Filing or Maintaining False Public Records, Computer Fraud, and Criminal Penalty for Evasion of Tax. She was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. Her bond was set at $50,000.

The clients will be required to amend their State and Federal Tax Returns with the true information.

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