Bossier City woman pleads guilty to filing false tax returns

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SHREVEPORT, Louisiana — A Bossier City woman has pleaded guilty to filing false tax returns.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley says 40-year-old Susan Santoro pleaded guilty Monday before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote to one count of making or subscribing a false tax return.

According to evidence presented at the guilty plea, Santoro, who was the general manager of Top Dollar Pawn in Bossier City from 2009 to 2011, embezzled more than $300,000 from the company by falsifying records.

A review of her personal bank accounts revealed numerous large, unexplained cash deposits that far exceeded her income. Authorities say she did not report the money and owed an additional $88,000 in taxes.

Santoro faces up to three years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and restitution. Sentencing is set for May 11.

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