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New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty to False Statements on an Individual Tax Return

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

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA United States Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that CHRISTOPHER COBURN (“COBURN”), age 51, of New Orleans,  pled guilty to a bill of information charging him with making false statements on an individual tax return, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7206(1).

According to court records, COBURN under-reported his tax preparation business income on his individual tax returns  by approximately $104,156.06 for tax years 2016 through 2018.  This underreporting caused a loss of approximately $29,781 to the Internal Revenue Service. COBURN faces a maximum sentence of three (3) years of imprisonment, up to one (1) year of supervised release, a fine of up to $100,000, and a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.   COBURN agreed both to pay $29,781 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service and to be permanently enjoined from preparing federal tax returns for others.  United States District Judge Darrel James Papillion set sentencing in this matter for March 12, 2023.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office acknowledges the work of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations on this matter.  The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Maria Carboni of the Financial Crimes Unit.


Shane M. Jones

Public Information Officer

United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

United States Department of Justice

Updated November 13, 2023