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Alexandria business owner arrested for tax fraud

April 04, 2014

BATON ROUGE - An Alexandria business owner faces two felony fraud charges of failing to account for state and local tax monies, the Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) announced Friday. It is the latest arrest to result from a joint effort by LDR and the Louisiana Department of Justice (DOJ) to combat fraud.

Linda Gayle Pettit, owner of Airbrush LA, LLC, was arrested at her place of business in the Alexandria Mall on Tuesday, April 1 and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center.

Pettit is accused of failing to remit sales taxes to Rapides Parish and to the State of Louisiana. The amount due Rapides Parish is $32,439.75 for sales taxes collected from March 2010 through February 2014. She owes the Louisiana Department of Revenue $17, 376.70 for the period September 2010 through September 2013.

“We are seeing great results from our efforts to identify and bring to justice the perpetrators of tax fraud,” Secretary of Revenue Tim Barfield said. “Fraud harms everyone, and we appreciate the opportunity to work with the Attorney General’s office and local authorities on this statewide anti-fraud initiative.”

Rapides Parish tax authorities supported LDR and DOJ in the investigation.

The joint anti-fraud initiative has resulted in more than a dozen arrests since it began in March 2013.