Houma Man Charged with Failure to Account for and Pay Taxes

Published 6:47 am Thursday, December 1, 2022

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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA  United States Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that RENE CLEMENT (“CLEMENT”), age 75, of Houma, Louisiana, was charged with failing to account for and pay federal income taxes and Federal Insurance Contributions Act (“FICA”) taxes, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7202.

According to court documents, CLEMENT conducted a business under the name Vinyl Products, LLC.  During the fourth quarter of the year 2017, CLEMENT collected federal income taxes and FICA taxes in the approximate sum of $28,809.73 from his employees but did not account for or pay any of that money to the Internal Revenue Service.

If convicted, CLEMENT faces a maximum sentence of five (5) years. Upon release from prison, CLEMENT also faces a term of supervised release up to (3) three years, and/or a fine of $10,000 or the greater of twice the gross gain to the defendant or twice the gross loss to any person under Title 18, United States Code, Section 3571.  A mandatory special assessment fee of $100 is also applicable.

U.S. Attorney Evans reiterated that the bill of information is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office would like to acknowledge the work of the Internal Revenue Service on this matter. The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Maria Carboni.