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

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Kenner Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty to Lying on Tax Returns and Failing to Declare More than $300,000 in Income

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that CHRISTIE ROBINSON, 39, of LaPlace, pled guilty yesterday to four counts of false statements on tax returns, in violation of 26 U.S.C. § 7206(1).

According to court records, ROBINSON is the owner and operator of a tax return preparation business in Kenner, Louisiana, called CRR Services, LLC.  ROBINSON received fees charged for the preparation of individuals’ tax returns.  ROBINSON failed to include all of the substantial fees she received for income tax return preparation on her own returns.  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 extra $28,000.  In 2010, she declared $76,000 but failed to declare $82,000.  Finally, in 2011 she declared $175,000 but excluded $8,000.  The total undeclared income for the four years 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 is approximately $315,000.  The total taxes due and owing are approximately $104,000.

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.  U.S. District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle set sentencing for August 17, 2016.

U.S. Attorney 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.

Updated May 19, 2016