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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 11, 2015

Jury finds Monroe tax preparer guilty of filing false returns

MONROE, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that a federal jury found a Monroe tax preparer guilty of filing multiple false tax returns.

The jury found Richard Allan Scott, 38, of Monroe, guilty of multiple counts of aiding or subscribing a false tax return. United States District Judge Robert G. James presided over the trial, which started Wednesday and ended today. The jury deliberated for approximately an hour and a half. Evidence admitted at trial revealed that more than 50 false tax returns for years 2011 and 2012 were prepared. Many of the returns contained fictitious information pertaining to W-2 withholdings, dependent care expenses and tax credits. The total amount stolen during the scheme was approximately $338,380.

“We are pleased with today’s conviction,” Finley stated. “Our tax system is built on the premise that taxpayers voluntarily file accurate and timely tax returns. Mr. Scott used his knowledge of this system to fraudulently manipulate tax returns to steal from the U.S. Treasury and now will have to pay for this crime.  To ensure confidence in the tax system, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the IRS remain committed to the aggressive pursuit and prosecution of individuals who intentionally violate the nation’s tax laws.”

Scott faces up to three years in prison, five years supervised release, a $250,000 fine and restitution for each count. A sentencing date of January 4, 2016 was set.

The IRS-Criminal Investigations and the Monroe Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Earl M. Campbell is prosecuting the case.

Updated September 11, 2015