Sentence for preparer in tax case: 2.5 years

March 18, 2022 GMT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A former tax preparer in north Louisiana has been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison in connection with a tax fraud case, U.S. Attorney Brandon Brown’s office said Friday.

Marie Kemp, 58, of Benton, was sentenced to 30 months after having pleaded guilty in October to a charge of making and subscribing a false tax return. She also must pay more than $1 million in restitution.

The release says Kemp worked in the tax return preparation business for approximately 20 years. Prosecutors said she falsely reported income in 2011 and 2012.

Kemp had operated her own tax service for two decades, with offices in Bossier City, Minden and Ringgold. Prosecutors said she failed to register her business as a corporation with the Internal Revenue Service in 2018, and she falsely reported less income than she earned.

“According to evidence presented in court, Kemp only reported taxable income in the amount of $1,819 for tax year 2011, when in truth and in fact, her taxable income was $1,604,208,” the news release said. “For the tax year 2012, Kemp did not report any income from her tax preparation business, when in fact she knew that her taxable income should have been $1,632,795.”