Jun 21, 2011 7:28 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

La. couple plead guilty in tax return scam

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A tax preparer and her husband, a former St. Charles Parish sheriff's deputy, have pleaded guilty to plotting to file more than $800,000 in fraudulent tax returns and pocket IRS payments.
Thirty-seven-year-old Tamara Scott-Landry and 42-year-old Warren Lebeauf Jr. pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy charges. Scott-Landry also pleaded guilty to wire fraud and identity theft charges.
Federal prosecutors say Lebeauf abused his law-enforcement position to obtain personal information for prison inmates so his wife could file fraudulent tax returns in their names. The St. Charles Parish couple deposited funds from those returns into bank accounts they controlled.
Their sentencing is set for Sept. 22.


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