A year in prison, $961,000 restitution in Louisiana tax case

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Louisiana man has been sentenced to serve a year in prison and pay more than $960,000 in restitution on federal tax fraud charges.

A news release from Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander Van Hook in Lake Charles says Alfredo Franco, 54, of Sulphur, was sentenced Thursday.

Franco was a Calcasieu Parish business owner who pleaded guilty in February, according to the news release. Prosecutors said he submitted fraudulent tax returns for 2015, 2016 and 2017 — omitting close to $2.6 million in receipts for those years.

“The omission of this income resulted in an additional tax liability of $961,655,” the news release said. U.S. District Judge James D. Cain sentenced Franco to a year and a day in prison, followed by a year of supervised release.