Meraux Woman Sentenced for Aiding In the Filing of False Tax Returns
Published 6:44 am Thursday, February 9, 2023
NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that CYNTHIA BOWLEY, age 68, of Meraux, was sentenced on February 7, 2023 after pleading guilty to aiding and assisting in the filing of false tax returns, a violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7206(2).
According to court documents, BOWLEY was a tax preparer who willfully caused false income tax returns to be filed for at least ten of her clients. To defraud the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”), BOWLEY created false business losses on Schedules C (Profit or Loss from Business) and false charitable contributions on Schedules A (Itemized Deductions), resulting in a reduction of her clients’ tax liability and a tax loss to the United States. BOWLEY also created false Schedules E (Supplemental Income and Loss) and false filing statuses for her clients. For tax years 2013 through 2018, BOWLEY caused a total tax loss to the United States of $251,257.00.
U.S. District Judge Jay C. Zainey sentenced BOWLEY to three years of probation and a $100 mandatory special assessment. Judge Zainey also ordered that BOWLEY pay restitution to the IRS in the amount of $251,257.00.
U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations. The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Brandon S. Long.