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Guilty Plea: Failure to File Tax Returns

Monday, September 14, 2009 - 9:52am

BATON ROUGE, LA – United States Attorney David R. Dugas announced that
JODY L. STEVENS, age 52, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, pled guilty today before Chief U.S. District Court Judge Ralph E. Tyson to Count One of an indictment charging him with failure to file tax returns in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7203.
According to the stipulated factual basis, STEVENS failed to file tax returns for the years 2002, 2003, and 2004. The total amount of taxes owed the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for these three years, exclusive of interest and penalties, totals $81,467. As a result of his guilty plea, STEVENS faces a maximum sentence of a term of imprisonment of one year, a $100,000 fine, or both. The Court may also order STEVENS to pay restitution in accordance with law. Sentencing has not yet been set.
This matter was investigated by the IRS Criminal Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney René I. Salomon.
Michael J. DePalma, Special Agent in Charge of IRS Criminal Investigation stated: “We are pleased with today’s announcement. The tax system is built on the premise that taxpayers file accurate and timely tax returns. The evasion of income taxes is a serious crime, punishable under federal law. To ensure confidence in our tax system, Special Agents of IRS Criminal Investigation are committed to the aggressive pursuit and prosecution of individuals who intentionally violate the nation’s tax laws.”