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

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Gretna Woman Charged With Filing False Tax Return

NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that PATRICIA HARGIS, age 70, of Gretna was charged Tuesday, April 9. 2019 with filing a false tax return, a crime punishable by up to three years’ imprisonment.

According to the bill of information, HARGIS intentionally understated her income and taxes owed in her 2015 federal income tax return. U.S. Attorney Strasser reiterated that a bill of information is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation Division and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorneys Chandra Menon and Andre J. Lagarde are in charge of the prosecution.

Updated April 11, 2019