TAX PREPARER CHARGED WITH FALSE CLAIMS AGAINST THE UNITED STATES
LEKEITH ROBINSON, age 29, a resident of LaPlace, Louisiana, was charged in a one count bill of information with filing false claims against the United States, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.
According to the bill of information, ROBINSON owned and operated a tax preparation business called Solid Rock II, Inc. Between February 2009 and May 2010, the defendant prepared fraudulent tax returns seeking tax refunds totaling approximately $93,804.43. The tax returns were false in that they contained false dependent information and false household income.
ROBINSON faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five (5) years, a fine of $250,000.00 and three (3) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.
U. S. Attorney Letten reiterated that the bill of information is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
The case is being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney G. Dall Kammer
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