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Baton Rouge woman pleads guilty to tax refund scheme involving 73 victims

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

A 28-year-old Baton Rouge woman has pleaded guilty to theft and conversion of government funds, and she admitted to preparing and filing fraudulent tax returns using 73 stolen identities, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Laguardia Coston admitted to unlawfully obtaining $102,000 in tax refunds from the U.S. Treasury. Coston used names and social security numbers from the 73 unknowing victims to prepare fraudulent W-2 forms that were then used to electronically file the fake tax returns.

"This case is another example of my office working in conjunction with the IRS to aggressively identify and prosecute criminals who use stolen identities to defraud the United States and unlawfully obtain money to satisfy their own greed. We look forward to continuing our work with IRS-CI and other investigative agencies in the fight against such conduct," said U.S. Attorney Walt Green.

This ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation Division. This matter is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul L. Pugliese.

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