- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

MONROE, La. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a 37-year-old Bastrop woman has pleaded guilty to filing false tax returns.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley says Stella Marie Dunlap pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of aiding and subscribing a false tax return.

Prosecutors say Dunlap filed fraudulent tax forms while working as a tax preparer for Faster Tax Services in Bastrop containing income from fictitious companies that were used to file for Earned Income Tax Credit withholdings.

Prosecutors say the fraud resulted in $104,401 in improper refunds and that Dunlap received kickbacks from some customers.

She faces up to three years in prison, one year of supervised release, a $250,000 fine and restitution.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 15. The plea needs to be accepted by U.S. District Judge Robert G. James.

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