- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Slidell tax preparer who pleaded guilty to defrauding clients and the state will spend 3½ years in prison.

John Labee admitted to six felony counts of issuing worthless checks to the Louisiana Department of Revenue.

State District Judge Bonnie Jackson sentenced him Sept. 23 and ordered him to pay $50,000 in restitution.

According to a news release, if he fails to pay restitution, Labee will have to serve an additional 14 months behind bars.

Labee was arrested in September 2011 for filing more than 500 fraudulent state individual income tax returns on behalf of clients of Innovative Professional Financial Services, a tax preparation business he operated in Slidell.

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