Ala. man accused of bilking La. through fraudulent tax filings

An Alabama man accused of filing more than 20 fraudulent state tax returns since 2009, bilking Louisiana out of close to $32,000, was arrested Monday.

Investigators booked John Clifton Nikolakis Jr., 45, 4031 Airport Blvd., Apt. 205, Mobile, Ala., into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on 23 counts of filing or maintaining false public records and computer fraud and one count of felony theft, prison records show.

Nikolakis filed a series of fraudulent returns from June 11, 2009, until Dec. 7, 2013, that netted him $31,981, according to the arrest warrant.

Byron Henderson, a spokesman for the state Department of Revenue, said Tuesday he could not comment on the arrest because he did not have information about the case.

The department blocked a few of those returns, mostly ones in the $8,000 to $16,000 range, the arrest warrant says. However, most of the filings went through, including amended ones, with returns ranging from $329 to $5,707.