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Baton Rouge businessman arrested for tax fraud, failing to provide unemployment insurance for employees...Continue Reading

 

BATON ROUGE – A Baton Rouge businessman faces felony charges for failing to withhold and remit state income taxes and failing to obtain unemployment insurance for employees of his auto dealership and repair business.

 

Fares Khalad Ahmad Alsalameh (Booking Photo) is suspected of misclassifying employees as contract workers. Investigators spent several days observing the activities of employees at Fares Motor Company and Factory Engine Exchange at 4520 Florida Boulevard in Baton Rouge. Their activities were consistent with that of employees, rather than that of contract workers. According to the arrest warrant, “it was clear that these workers all came in at the same time each day, had lunch similarly and left for the day at the same time consistently. One worker even opened the businesses each day with a key and opened auto bays in preparation for service to the public.”

 

In interviews with investigators, workers admitted that they are employees who work at the direction of Alsalameh, are paid in cash or by check, and have never had a written or oral contract.

 

Louisiana Department of Revenue records show that Alsalameh has never opened a withholding tax account for the business, and information from the Louisiana Workforce Commission indicates his employees are not covered by worker’s compensation insurance.

 

Alsalameh was arrested on Monday, October 2, 2017, and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Criminal Penalty for Failing to Account for State Tax Monies, Criminal Penalty for Evasion of Tax and Willful Failure to Provide Worker’s Compensation Insurance.

 

Alsalameh is the 70th person arrested under a joint anti-tax fraud initiative of the Louisiana Department of Revenue and the state Attorney General’s Office. The Louisiana Workforce Commission participated in this investigation.

 

 

Metairie business owner arrested, suspected of pocketing state sales taxes...Continue Reading

 

BATON ROUGE – A Metairie man faces felony charges for an alleged fraud scheme that cost the state hundreds of thousands of dollars in sales taxes.

 

Investigators say Melvin J. Ziegler, Jr. (Booking Photo), owner of Cash Control Systems, LLC, failed to remit an estimated $121,396 in state sales taxes that he collected on equipment sales between Jan. 2011 and Sept. 2015. According to the arrest warrant, the sales tax returns Ziegler filed during this period indicate he was “fully aware of the amount of past due sales taxes owed to the state.”

 

With penalties and interest on the past due sales taxes, the amount owed is now $215,915.

 

Ziegler was arrested on Wednesday, Sept. 20 and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of Criminal Penalty for Failing to Account for State Tax Monies.  He is the 69th person arrested under a joint anti-tax fraud initiative of the Louisiana Department of Revenue and the state Attorney General’s office.

 

 

Baton Rouge tax preparer arrested on felony fraud charges...Continue Reading

 

BATON ROUGE – A Baton Rouge woman faces felony charges for allegedly falsifying hundreds of state income tax returns in a fraud scheme that cost Louisiana taxpayers more than $120,000.

 

Naomi Renee Bass is accused of fabricating business losses for clients who, in many cases, were not even business owners. The inflated losses led to the issuance of an estimated $121,000 in fraudulent state income tax refunds.

 

Bass was arrested on Thursday, August 31, 2017, and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of Principal to Filing or Maintaining False Public Records and Principal to Illegal Transmission of Monetary Funds. She is the 68th person arrested under a joint anti-fraud initiative of the Louisiana Department of Revenue and the state Attorney General’s office.

 

 

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