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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 2, 2013

Tax Preparer, Laura A. Diggs, Sentenced For Making False Statements On Tax Returns And Assisting In The Preparation Of False Tax Documents

LAURA A. DIGGS, age 41, a resident of Paulina, Louisiana, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier to five years probation with the first six months to be served in home confinement for one count of false statements on tax returns and one count of assisting in the preparation of false tax documents, announced U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente.  Judge Barbier also imposed a $6,000 fine and a $200 special assessment.  DIGGS has made full restitution to the Internal Revenue Service of $343,526.00.

According to court documents, from approximately 2003 through the present, DIGGS, was engaged in the business of preparing and filing income tax returns at her business, Diggs Tax Service, which was located in Luling, Louisiana.  From 2007 through 2009, according to the factual basis, DIGGS prepared and filed false income tax returns for her customers, which contained false Schedule A deductions, resulted in inflated refunds for her customers to which they were not entitled.

Additionally, according to the factual basis, in the years 2007, 2008, and 2009, DIGGS signed her own taxes that falsely under-reported the business income she had received.  In total, DIGGS failed to report approximately $766,761 in gross income, to which there is a total tax liability of $210,233.

The case was being investigated by agents from the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division. 

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Matt Chester.