LaPlace tax preparer charged with fraud

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 14, 2012

LAPLACE – A LaPlace tax preparer who used fraudulent tax returns to seek thousands of dollars in refunds for clients has been charged with filing false claims against the United States.

Lekeith Robinson, 29, owner and operator of a tax preparation business known as Solid Rock II Inc., prepared fraudulent returns for tax refunds between February 2009 and May 2010, according to a release from U.S. Attorney Jim Letten. Robinson was charged in a one count Bill of Information that was issued Wednesday.

According to court documents, the tax returns, which produced refunds of more than $93,800, contained false dependent information and false household income.

If convicted, Robinson faces a maximum of five years in prison, $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case is being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney G. Dall Kammer.