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Alexandria businessman faces felony tax fraud charges

December 11, 2009

An Alexandria man faces four felony counts of tax fraud following a joint investigation by the Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR), the Louisiana Attorney General’s office, and the Rapides Parish Sales and Use Tax Department.

Special agents from the Louisiana Department of Justice arrested Rajeshkuner Patel, of 5846 Navaho Trail, Alexandria, on Wednesday, December 9. The arrest warrant was the result of a year-long investigation of alleged criminal tax violations at one of Patel’s businesses, NR Group, L.L.C.

The charges against Patel are:

• Theft over $500.00 [La R.S. 14:67(B)(1)] – Two Counts
• Failure to Account for State Tax Money [La. R.S. 47:1641] – One Count
• Tax Evasion [La. R.S. 47:1642] – One Count

For more information, please contact:

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

Donna Andries
Rapides Parish Tax Administrator
Rapides Parish Sales and Use Tax Department
318.445.0296
dandries@rpst.org

Laura Gerdes
Public Outreach Coordinator
Office of the Attorney General
225.326.6763
gerdesl@ag.state.la.us