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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 25, 2013

Former Nopd Officer, Maurice R. Palmer, Sentenced For Tax Evasion

MAURICE R. PALMER, age 51, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo to 5 years probation for one count of tax evasion, announced U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente.  PALMER was also ordered to pay $31,662 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service and a $100 special assessment.

According to court documents, from 2006 through 2008, PALMER, a former New Orleans Police Department officer, did not file federal taxes.  During this period of time, PALMER did file a Form W-4 with his employer, the NOPD, wherein he falsely claimed he was “exempt” from any taxes.  Based on this form, according to court documents, no taxes were withheld from PALMER’s paychecks in the year 2008.  According to the factual basis, as a result of the filing of his W-4 form, PALMER received taxable income of $68,170, to which there is a tax due and owing to the United States of $13,388 for the tax year 2008.  In addition, according to the factual basis, PALMER also owes a total of $18,274 in taxes for not filing in the tax years 2006 and 2007.  According to the plea agreement, PALMER is required to pay the entirety of the tax due and owing for these years to the Internal Revenue Service.

The case was investigated by agents from the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division.   The case was prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Matt Chester.