POSTED: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 12:45pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 12:49pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — A Hammond couple face felony charges related to tax evasion by means of filing false or fraudulent Louisiana state income tax returns.
An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury handed down the indictments against Cassandra N. Dangerfield and Eric Dangerfield, both of 112 Washington Avenue in Hammond.
The bill of indictment accuses each of “knowingly and intentionally” filing false or fraudulent returns to avoid paying taxes on income derived from 1st Thessalonians Community Programs, Inc., a business owned by Cassandra Dangerfield and funded by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals through the Louisiana Medicaid Program.
“These indictments demonstrate that Louisiana will not tolerate or ignore tax fraud,” said Secretary of Revenue Cynthia Bridges. “The law will catch up to those who evade their responsibilities.”
According to the indictment, the alleged criminal activity took place between June 2008 and April 2011.
Cassandra and Eric Dangerfield each face two counts related to false or fraudulent Louisiana state income tax returns filed in 2008 and 2009.
In February 2012, an East Baton Rouge grand jury issued indictments against the couple for Medicaid fraud charges related to 1st Thessalonians Community Programs, Inc.