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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Former Motel Owner, Anil Patel, Sentenced For Tax Fraud

ANIL PATEL, age 47, formerly a resident of Metairie, Louisiana, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Sarah S. Vance to thirteen months incarceration, announced U. S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite, Jr.

According to court documents, on August 6, 2009, PATEL signed and filed a 2008 U. S. Individual Income Tax Return (Form 1040) with the Internal Revenue Service. That tax return did not report approximately $426,744 in income, which resulted in $111,378 in tax due and owing to the Internal Revenue Service.

PATEL was the former owner of the Trade Winds and La Village motels that were located on Airline Drive in Metairie, Louisiana. As part of his plea agreement, PATEL agreed to accept responsibility for failing to report $1,373,076 in total unreported income for the tax years 2006 - 2009.  As a result, the tax due and owing to the IRS for those years is $393,048. PATEL also previously agreed to pay taxes due and owing to both the parish and state.

“Those who cheat on their taxes impose an unfair burden on everyone else who dutifully pay their fair share,” stated U.S. Attorney Polite.

 “Mr. Patel underreported his taxable income by over $425,000 in a single year”, stated Gabriel L. Grchan, Special Agent in Charge of Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations, “the agents of Criminal Investigation will continue to diligently pursue those individuals that evade their responsibility to accurately report their earnings and pay their fair share of taxes.  We will continue to work with the United States Attorney Office, our federal, state and local law enforcement partners to ferret out those that fail to obey the law.”

U.S. Attorney Polite also acknowledges the outstanding job performed by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and Special Agents of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations.

The prosecution was handled by Assistant U. S. Attorney Jon Maestri.