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

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

New Orleans CPA Sentenced for Filing a False Income Tax Return

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that New Orleans Certified Public Account (CPA), BRENDEL DEEMER, age 48, was sentenced to serve three years of probation and pay a $3,000 fine for willfully filing a false tax return for herself. DEEMER was charged in June 2017 with a single count of filing a false tax return. She pleaded guilty in September 2017.

According to documents filed in court, DEEMER filed a false 2010 individual income tax return that excluded income and inflated expenses for businesses under her control. 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. Defendant 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.

In addition to the fine and term of probation, United States District Judge Jay C. Zainey sentenced DEEMER to pay $88,651.22 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service, a $100 special assessment, and 100 hours of community service.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Hayden Brockett is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated February 27, 2018