Hammond tax preparer sentenced for filing false returns and making false statements to IRS and department of education


Date: November 16, 2022

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NEW ORLEANS — Kenisha R. Callahan, of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, was sentenced on November 9, 2022 to five (5) years of probation and one year of home confinement by U.S. District Court Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle after Callahan had pleaded guilty to one count of filing a false tax return, one count of aiding and assisting in the preparation of a false tax return and one count of making a false statement to the Department of Education, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans of the Eastern District of Louisiana.

According to court records, count one alleges that Callahan, the owner of Callahan Tax Service, prepared and filed a false 2015 U.S. Individual Tax Return Form 1040, wherein she underreported her earned income for the alleged time period. Count two charges that in 2015, Callahan aided in the preparation and filing of a client's tax return that falsely stated to the IRS that the client owned a business, and that the client had a business loss for the 2014 tax year. Count three alleges that Callahan committed financial aid fraud by falsely reporting the amount of income that she earned in 2015 to the Department of Education while applying for student loan forgiveness.

In addition to the sentence, Callahan was ordered to repay the IRS the amount of $353,834 and $191,738 to the Department of Education as mandatory restitution.

U.S. Attorney Evans commended the special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation and the Department of Education for their handling of the matter. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward J. Rivera.