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New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty to Theft & Tax Evasion

November 14, 2003

NEW ORLEANS – George H. Johnson, 51, 7413 Downman Road, New Orleans, pleaded guilty in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court on October 31, 2003, to one count of theft over $500 and one count of tax evasion.

Johnson operated a tax preparation business adjacent to his home. He was accused of preparing numerous fraudulent state individual income tax returns, increasing the refunds due, forging the taxpayers’ signatures, and using his own address on the fraudulent returns. Once the refunds were mailed to Johnson ’s address, he forged the taxpayers’ endorsements, signed as a third party endorser, and negotiated the checks for cash or deposit.

As a multiple offender, Johnson was ordered to serve 5 years imprisonment at hard labor for the theft and six months for tax evasion, to be served concurrently. Johnson was also ordered to pay the Louisiana Department of Revenue $6,000 in restitution upon his release from prison.


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