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Investigation of antique car sales results in felony arrest

July 30, 2009

An Opelousas man was arrested on five felony counts of filing false public records and theft by fraud in connection with an investigation into the sale of antique automobiles, the Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) announced Thursday.

Kenneth O. Fakouri (2227 George Drive Opelousas, LA 70570) was arrested by Louisiana State Police (LSP) following a joint investigation by LSP and the Criminal Investigations Division of LDR. He was taken into custody on warrants issued by the 24th Judicial District Court in Jefferson Parish and the 27th Judicial District Court in St. Landry Parish.

LDR investigators received information from an informant that Fakouri had conspired to underpay the sales taxes due on the purchase of two antique show cars: a 1941 Willys; and a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air. Despite having paid $100 thousand for each vehicle, as demonstrated by the bills of sale, Fakouri filed registration documents listing a sale price of $500.00. The alleged fraud deprived the state and parish governments of more than $19 thousand of sales tax revenue.

LDR reported the allegations to State Police investigators with LSP Troop I in Lafayette, who took Fakouri into custody on July 28, 2009. His arrest warrants outline the charges as:

• Filing False Public Records (3 counts);
• Theft by Fraud in the amount of $9,452.05;
• Theft by Fraud in the amount of $9,404.10.

For more information, please contact:

Barry Kelly
Director, Criminal Investigations Division
Louisiana Department of Revenue
225.219.2280
Barry.kelly@la.gov

Trooper David Anderson
Louisiana State Police, Troop I
337.262.1917
David.anderson@dps.la.gov