BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — A doctor based in Baton Rouge and Iowa who is accused of using millions of dollars to purchase personal property instead of paying taxes was recently formally charged by a federal grand jury.
Middle District of Louisiana U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Gathe, Jr. said Melissa Rose Barrett, 48, of Baton Rouge and Clive, Iowa was indicted with tax evasion before pleading not guilty to charges. He said Barrett owned and operated urgent care clinic Stat Care Clinics LLC.
The indictment states Barrett owed $1.6 million in taxes between the years 2007 and 2017. She allegedly used $6.7 million to buy a boat, home, real property, airplane, and other items instead of paying taxes.
Gathe said the case is under investigation by the Internal Revenue Service and Criminal Investigations Unit.