BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The owner of a chain of tax preparation offices is now facing multiple felony charges for allegedly scheming to defraud the state of payroll taxes and inflated income tax returns.
Investigators with the Louisiana Department of Revenue say the owner of Taxman Financial Services, llc, Leroi Gorman Jackson, reportedly withheld payroll taxes from the paychecks of more than 100 employees during the 2016 tax year and failed to remit them to the state. This scheme reportedly cost the state almost $22,000.
There are Taxman Financial Services locations in both Baton Rouge and Gonzales.
Jackson is also accused of submitting income tax returns on behalf of clients during the 2015 tax year that contained false business losses, which resulted in about $20,000 worth of fraudulent tax returns. Jackson pleaded guilty to a similar scheme in 2014 and admitted to fabricating business losses for taxpayers who had not claimed any losses, and in many cases, were not even business owners.
Jackson is the 67th person to be arrested as part of a join anti-fraud initiative by the Department of Revenue and the Attorney General's Office. Jackson was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of theft, principal to injuring public records, principal to illegal transmission of monetary funds, and criminal penalty for failure to account for state tax monies.