- Associated Press - Thursday, May 26, 2016

PATTERSON, La. (AP) - A Patterson man has been found guilty for his role in a tax fraud scheme that resulted in more than $815,000 in refunds.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley’s office said in a statement that a federal jury convicted 36-year-old Louis W. Carbins Jr. Wednesday on several counts, including conspiracy to defraud the U.S., theft of government money and aggravated identity theft.

Authorities say Carbins and 39-year-old Laphrida T. Watts knew and allowed people from overseas to use stolen identities to file false tax returns and then directed the IRS to deposit the money into Carbins’ bank accounts.

Carbins and Watts spent over $45,000 of the funds, and wired some of the money to their overseas contacts.

Watts pleaded guilty to charges in January. Carbins and Watts are awaiting sentencing.

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