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Lafayette tax preparer sentenced in case involving false returns

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A Lafayette tax preparer has been ordered to serve time in prison after allegedly preparing false tax returns for herself and her clients.

Fifty-two-year-old Lutricia Feast of Youngsville has been sentenced by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Foote to serve 24 months in prison and one year of supervised release and to pay $382,582 in restitution.

Feast was a tax preparer in Lafayette Parish from 2001-2009. According to evidence presented at her guilty plea on November 25, 2013, Foote admitted to reporting only a fraction of her income to the IRS from 2006-2009.

"In one instance, on her 2008 tax return, she reported her income as $14,400, when she actually earned $280,170," said U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley in a news release.

"The defendant admitted during the guilty plea that between 2006 and 2009, her actual income was $830,986. She also admitted she owes $28,860 in unpaid taxes," Finley said.

Authorities say Foote filed false information on 22 tax returns in 2009, which caused the IRS to issue $96,915 in refunds that were not owed.

The IRS conducted the investigation in this case.

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