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

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Former Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Indicted for Tax Crimes

Acting U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that CRAIG A. TAFFARO, age 70, of Harvey and a former Chief Deputy for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, was charged today in a two-count Indictment with tax evasion and filing a false tax return.


According to the Indictment, TAFFARO willfully attempted to evade tax due and owing by, among other things, filing a return with false and exaggerated business expenses. If convicted, TAFFARO faces maximum terms of imprisonment of five years for tax evasion and three years for filing a false return.


Acting U.S. Attorney Evans reiterated that an Indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.


Acting U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorneys Chandra Menon, Tracey Knight, and David Sinkman are in charge of the prosecution.

Updated July 20, 2017