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Erie Freelance Tax Preparer Indicted

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

ERIE, Pa. - A resident of Erie, Pennsylvania has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Erie on charges of violating federal tax laws, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.

The 21-count Indictment named Laurie Cuevas, 57, as the sole defendant.

According to the Indictment presented to the court, Cuevas, while working as a freelance tax preparer, knowingly and repeatedly reported false and fraudulent income and expenses for numerous individuals on Individual Tax Returns 2017 and 2018.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 63 years in prison, a fine of $5,250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Christian A. Trabold is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.

An Indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated March 8, 2022