Baton Rouge woman arrested again for allegedly falsifying tax returns

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Baton Rouge woman was arrested for a second time for allegedly falsifying tax information.

Chandris Ferguson, the owner of "The Best Tax Services" in Baton Rouge allegedly falsified state income tax returns that resulted in her clients getting bigger tax refunds than they usually would have.

Investigators say that Ferguson allegedly filed business losses for her client, when they may not have sustained any losses or were even business owners. This caused more than $63,686 in fraudulent tax returns.

Ferguson was arrested in 2013 on similar charges for her work at "The Best Tax Services."

Now, she faces 10 counts of computer fraud, 10 counts of filing or maintaining false public records, and five counts of obstruction of justice.

"Taxpayers are ultimately responsible for the information that is included on their tax returns. Therefore, they are responsible for the tax refund they receive and any amount that must be paid back to the state," said Kizzy Payton, Press Secretary for the Louisiana Department of Revenue.

"We encourage taxpayers to pay attention to media reports of persons who have been arrested and convicted of tax fraud. We also encourage them to meet with the tax preparer and go over the return before it is filed and to ask questions before signing their returns. It is also a good idea to verify that the tax preparer belongs to a professional organization that requires its members to pursue continuing education and holds them accountable to a code of ethics," she said.

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