Kenner Tax Preparer Charged with Lying on Tax Returns by Failing to Declare More Than $450,000 in Income and Aggravated Identity Theft
U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that CHRISTIE ROBINSON, 39, of LaPlace, was charged today in a four-count Indictment with filing false statements on tax returns and three counts of aggravated identity theft.
According to the Indictment, ROBINSON is the owner and operator of a tax return preparation business in Kenner called CRR Services, LLC. ROBINSON received fees charged for the preparation of these individuals' tax returns. ROBINSON failed to include all of the substantial fees she received for income tax return preparation. In 2007, she declared $80,000 in fees and failed to disclose $195,000. In 2009, she disclosed $100,000 but failed to include an additional $67,000. In 2010, she declared $71,000 but failed to declare $149,000. Finally, in 2011 she declared $170,000 but excluded $60,000. For the four tax years (2007, 2009, 2010, and 2011), ROBINSON failed to disclose a total of $471,000 in income.
In the final three counts of the Indictment, ROBINSON is charged with aggravated identity theft for electronically filing three tax returns using individuals’ names, dates of birth and social security numbers without their permission.
If convicted on the tax charges, ROBINSON faces a possible maximum sentence of three years imprisonment, on each count and/or a fine of $100,000 and up to three years of supervised release, as well as having to reimburse the United States for the cost of the investigation.
If convicted on the aggravated identity theft, ROBINSON faces two years incarceration per count consecutive to any sentence she would receive on the tax counts, $250,000 fine, restitution to the victims, and three years supervised release.
The U. S. Attorney’s Office reiterated that the Indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
Jerome R. McDuffie, Acting Special Agent in Charge of Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation stated: “We are pleased with today's announcement regarding the indictment of Ms. Robinson. The tax system is built on the premise that taxpayers file accurate and timely tax returns. Our office will continue to work with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the aggressive pursuit and prosecution of individuals who intentionally violate the nation's laws. Identity theft and the submission of false income tax returns are serious crimes that will be vigorously pursued by our agency."
U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Carter K. D. Guice, Jr. of the Fraud Unit is in charge of the prosecution.