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August 3, 2017

Posted  August 3, 2017

A Louisiana woman pleaded guilty to four counts of preparing fraudulent tax returns. According to documents filed with the court, Shawanda Nevers aka Shawanda Hawkins, Shawanda Bryant and Shawanda Johnson, 49, operated a series of businesses in the LaPlace area, including 3LJ’s Café Services & Sports Bar LLC and 3LJ’s Industrial Service Solutions LLC. Between 2011 and 2016, Nevers filed on behalf of her clients income tax returns that included fake business losses, deductions and tax credits and sought refunds to which her clients were not entitled. Despite a federal judge permanently enjoining her from preparing federal tax returns in 2014, Nevers continued to file fraudulent returns. As part of the plea agreement, Nevers admitted that she owes the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) $6,934,764 in restitution, as well as $128,900 to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Trust and $964 to the Social Security Administration. DOJ

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