FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE |
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2004
TDD (202) 514-1888
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SUES TO HALT LOUISIANA TAX SCAM
Two Lafayette Men Allegedly Tell Customers Their Earnings Are Exempt From Tax
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Justice Department announced today that it has sued two Louisiana men in federal court, seeking to halt an alleged tax scam involving the preparation of fraudulent tax returns for customers. The lawsuit alleges that Richard A. Fuselier, Richard J. Ortt and their business, Compensation Consultants, of Lafayette, Louisiana, prepare tax returns for customers that claim fraudulent deductions for all wages earned.
According to the complaint, Fuselier and Ortt falsely promise their customers 100% tax freedom. Fuselier and Ortt allegedly charge customers $500 per year to prepare and file tax returns claiming bogus deductions and tax refunds. The Justice Department alleges that the defendants have filed over 400 false tax returns for customers since 2001. In addition, the complaint alleges, the defendants instruct customers to submit bogus tort claims against the government when their tax refund requests are denied.
Peddlers of tax scams and those who participate in them cheat all law-abiding taxpayers, said Eileen J. OConnor, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Departments Tax Division. We are committed to stopping fraudulent tax promotions and identifying those who have participated in them.
Todays filing also seeks a court order permanently barring the defendants from preparing federal tax returns for others. The complaint also asks the court to order the defendants to give the Justice Department their customers names, mailing and e-mail addresses, phone numbers, and Social Security or taxpayer identification numbers.
The Justice Department has sought and obtained injunctions against a number of other tax-scam promoters. Information about these cases is available on the Justice Department website at http://www.usdoj.gov/tax/taxpress2004.htm. Information about the Justice Departments Tax Division can be found at http://www.usdoj.gov/tax.