- Associated Press - Monday, June 15, 2015

MONROE, La. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a 37-year-old Bastrop woman has been sentenced to 21 months after she pleaded guilty to filing false tax returns.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley says Stella Marie Dunlap was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Robert G. James for filing false tax returns.

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 was also sentenced to one year of supervised release and ordered to pay $104,410 restitution.

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