Lafayette Parish tax prepare gets 2 years in prison for preparing false returns

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LAFAYETTE, Louisiana — Federal prosecutors say a Lafayette Parish tax preparer has been sentenced to two years in prison for preparing false tax returns for herself and her clients.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley says 52-year-old Lutricia S. Feast, of Youngsville, was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Foote, who also ordered her to serve a year of supervised release upon the completion of her sentence.

Foote also ordered Feast to pay $382,582 in restitution.

Finley says from 2006 to 2009, Feast reported a fraction of her income to the Internal Revenue Service. In one instance, on her 2008 tax return, she reported earning $14,400, when she actually earned $280,170.

In addition, she filed false returns for 22 people in 2009 to secure refunds for clients to which they were not entitled.

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