(STL.News) – U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that Trish Christopher , age 35, a resident of Metairie, Louisiana, was charged on October 24, 2019 in one-count Indictment for aiding and assisting in the preparation of false federal tax returns, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7206(2).
According to court documents, Christopher owned and operated C.C. Tax Service, located in New Orleans, Louisiana. In order to falsely inflate her clients’ tax refunds, Christopher prepared and caused to be prepared at least 36 individual income tax returns that included false or fictitious Schedule A itemized deductions.
If convicted, the defendant faces up to three years of imprisonment and a possible $100,000 fine.
U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser praised the work of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations Division, for its work in investigating this case. U.S. Attorney Strasser reiterated that the Indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shirin Hakimzadeh.