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Woman allegedly collects more than $80K from fraudulent tax returns, faces dozens of charges

Heather Torres (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office) Heather Torres (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

A woman, who officials said filed false Louisiana tax returns and collected tens of thousands of dollars, was arrested Thursday.

The Louisiana Department of Revenue reported Heather Torres, 33, of Prairieville, filed individual state income tax returns for her and her husband with inflated income and withholding data that resulted in more than $80,000 in fraudulent refunds.

She was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on 20 counts of computer fraud, 20 counts of filing or maintaining false public records, one count of criminal penalty for evasion of tax and one count of theft in the amount of $81,591.58. Bond was not set.

Officials said with penalties and interest, she owes the state $135,072.66.

They added she is the 44th person arrested under an anti-tax initiative by LDR and the Office of the Louisiana Attorney General.

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