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

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Local Contractor Charged With Tax Fraud

NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that WADE YBARZABAL, age 56, of Mandeville, was charged by way of a Bill of Information with one count of filing a false tax return.


According to the charging document, YBARZABAL failed to pay the appropriate amount of taxes for the 2012 tax year.  YBARZABAL faces up to three years of incarceration, a fine of up to $250,000, and one year of supervised release.


U.S. Attorney Evans reiterated that a Bill of Information is merely a charging document and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.


The U.S. Attorney’s Office praised the work of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Edward J. Rivera and Trial Attorney for the Department of Justice, Tax Division Grace Albinson are in charge of the prosecution.

Updated January 11, 2018