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Ville Platte business owner sentenced for filing false tax return

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Posted at 2:01 PM, Aug 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-21 15:01:41-04

A Ville Platte business owner has been sentenced to 14 months in prison and one year supervised release for filing a false tax return and failing to pay more than $200,000 in taxes.

43-year-old Myra Griffin Fontenot of Ville Platte was sentenced Tuesday to 14 months in prison and one year of supervised release for filing a false tax returning and failing to pay more than $200,000 in taxes. Fontenot was also ordered to pay $213,958.96 restitution in addition to $28,624.36 in interest. She previously pleaded guilty on May 14, 2019, according to United States Attorney David C. Joseph.

Fontenot was the owner of the Nukura’s Step-by-Step Learning Center (NLC), which is a daycare center, and X-press Tax Service LLC. Fontenot failed to file unemployment tax returns at NLC, failed to report the majority of her income, and claimed a great amount of expenses on personal tax returns for tax years 2012 to 2014.

In total, she failed to pay $213,958.96 during the course of the scheme.