LaPlace tax preparer facing decade plus behind bars

Published 12:03 am Saturday, May 21, 2016

NEW ORLEANS — A LaPlace woman is facing more than a decade behind bars and fines totalling north of $100,000 after pleading guilty this week to making false statements on tax returns.

Christie Robinson, 41, of LaPlace will learn her ultimate fate during sentencing Aug. 17, according to U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite.

Robinson pleaded guilty to the charges Wednesday in New Orleans.

According to court records, Robinson is the owner and operator of a tax return preparation business in Kenner called CRR Services.

A release from Polite said Robinson received fees charged for the preparation of individuals’ tax returns; however, she failed to include all of the substantial fees she received for income tax return preparation on her own returns.

In 2007, she declared $80,000 in fees and failed to disclose $195,000. In 2009, she disclosed $100,000 but failed to include an extra $28,000. In 2010, she declared $76,000 but failed to declare $82,000.

In 2011 she declared $175,000 but excluded $8,000.

According to Polite, the total undeclared income for the four years 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 is approximately $315,000. The total taxes due and owing are approximately $104,000.

Robinson faces a possible maximum sentence of three years imprisonment on each count, and a potential fine of $100,000 and up to three years of supervised release, as well as having to reimburse the United States for the cost of the investigation.

Polite praised the work of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division, in investigating this matter.

Assistant United States Attorney Carter K. D. Guice Jr. of the Fraud Unit is in charge of the prosecution.