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Bookkeeper Charged for Failing to Declare More Than $700,000 in Stolen Money on Tax Return

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced Friday, November 30, 2018, the filing of a one count bill of information charging PEGGY NAGELE, age 65 of Thibodeaux, Louisiana with one count of violating Title 26, United States Code, Section 7206, making false statements on an income tax return.

The bill of information charged NAGELE with failing to declare more than $727,847.80 in funds she had stolen on her 2011 joint individual tax form 1040.  NAGELE was employed as a bookkeeper with Law Firm A, a New Orleans law firm.  Beginning in approximately 1996 and continuing through 2013, NAGELE stole more than $700,000 from the firm.

The maximum period of incarceration should NAGELE be convicted or pleads guilty to is 3 years incarceration, a $250,000 fine, the cost of the investigation, as well as restitution to the IRS. U.S. Attorney Strasser emphasized that a bill of information is simply an allegation.  Each element of the offense must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt to convict NAGELE.

U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division for their thorough investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Carter K.D. Guice Jr.


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Updated December 3, 2018

Financial Fraud