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New Orleans CPA Pleads Guilty to Filing a False Federal Income Tax Return

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

Acting U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that BRENDEL DEEMER, age 49, a New Orleans Certified Public Account (CPA), pled guilty yesterday to one count of willfully filing a false tax return for herself.


DEEMER was charged in June 2017 with filing a false 2010 individual income tax return that excluded income and inflated expenses for businesses under her control. According to court documents, DEEMER operated Deemer CPA & Consulting Services LLC since at least 2009. From 1999 through 2005, she also operated Building Blocks Academy, a day care center. DEEMER ceased operating Building Blocks Academy after Hurricane Katrina and did not resume operating the business. As DEEMER admitted pursuant to her guilty plea, for tax years 2009 and 2010, she filed individual income tax returns that falsely reported her Schedule C business income from Deemer CPA and Consulting Services, LLC, and her expenses for Building Blocks Academy.


DEEMER faces a maximum penalty of three years of imprisonment, followed by one year of supervised release. She also faces potential fines and other monetary penalties. As part of her plea agreement, DEEMER agreed to pay $88,651.22 in restitution to the IRS. U.S. District Judge Jay C. Zainey set sentencing for December 12, 2017.


Acting U. S. Attorney Evans commended the work of IRS-Criminal Investigations for investigating this matter. Assistant U.S. Attorney Hayden Brockett is in charge of the prosecution.


Updated September 13, 2017

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