- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A federal prosecutor says a Patterson man has been sentenced to five years in prison in a tax fraud case.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley’s news release says 37-year-old Louis W. Carbins was sentenced Monday on charges including conspiracy to defraud the United States, theft of government money and aggravated identity theft.

The release says Carbins and a co-defendant allowed people overseas to use stolen identities to file phony tax returns. The resulting fraudulent refunds were directed to accounts of Carbins and 40-year-old Laphrida Watts of Morgan City, who pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy and identity theft charges. She is awaiting sentencing.

Prosecutors said the fraud led to the issuance of $815,000 in refunds.

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