Denham Springs Woman Pleads Guilty to Making and Subscribing False Tax Returns

Published 1:19 pm Wednesday, September 28, 2022

United States Attorney Ronald C. Gathe, Jr. announced that Lakeisha Grayer, age 41, of Denham Springs, Louisiana, pled guilty before U.S. District Judge John W. deGravelles to making and subscribing false tax returns.

According to admissions made during her plea, Grayer owned and operated a tax preparation business, Genesis Tax Service, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  For tax years 2015, 2016, and 2017 identified in the indictment, Grayer prepared and electronically filed federal income tax returns for over 950 taxpayers.  She charged her clients a fee for preparing and filing their tax returns.

Grayer reported her income from Genesis Tax Service on a Schedule C form attached to her personal income tax return, on which she reported her business’s gross receipts.  For each year listed in the indictment, the amount of gross receipts Grayer reported to the IRS on her returns using the Schedule C was substantially lower than the actual amount.  In addition to the counts charged in the indictment, Grayer knowingly underreported her gross receipts for tax years 2018, 2019, and 2020.

The aggregate amount of all known tax loss, for tax years 2015 through 2020, is over $180,000.

This matter was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Harley Ferguson.