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Business owner in Alexandria arrested for tax fraud

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ALEXANDRIA, LA. (Spring Lee, Local Examiner) - It was announced on Friday that Linda Gayle Pettit who owns the Alexandria Mall shop, Airbrush LA, LLC, was arrested due to a joint effort investigation of the Louisiana Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) to combat tax fraud.

She faces two felony fraud charges. This is because she could not or failed to account for local and state tax money.

She was taken into custody at her place of business without incident on Tuesday morning. She was subsequently booked into Rapides Parish Detention Center.

Ms. Pettit has been accused of "failing to remit sales taxes to Rapides Parish and to the State of Louisiana." The amount that is showing the shop owner owes Rapides Parish comes up to $32,439.75. This is the sum calculated for sales taxes collected for March 2010 through February 2014.

The sum she shows to owe the Louisiana Department of Revenue comes to $17, 376.70. This covers September 2010 through September 2013.

Secretary of Revenue Tim Barfield said, "We are seeing great results from our efforts to identify and bring to justice the perpetrators of tax fraud." He also stated that "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."

This joint effort and investigation has led to more than a dozen arrests since it was launched in March 2013.