BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A woman who allegedly received thousands of dollars in refunds from fake tax returns has been booked on fraud and identity theft charges.
Thelma Jean Lee of New Orleans was arrested Wednesday and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.
She faces 38 counts of principal to filing or maintaining false public records, 38 counts of principal to identity theft and illegal transmission of monetary funds.
Lee is accused of filing false Louisiana income tax returns in the names of unsuspecting people, including some prison inmates.
According to the Louisiana Department of Revenue, Lee ended up collecting more than $11,000 in refunds from the fake returns. Authorities said it happened in 2010 and 2011.
Officials added Lee is the 37th person arrested under a joint anti-tax fraud initiative of the Louisiana Department of Revenue and the state Attorney General's office.