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FBI To Arraign City Judge January 24 For False Tax Returns




The Daily Crucible | Monday, January 10, 2022

A federal grand jury in New Orleans, United States, has indicted Ernestine Anderson-Trahan and charged her with filing false tax returns.

The judge was indicted on Friday and the indictment spanned from 2013 to 2016. 

Ernestine Anderson-Trahan, a judge of the Second City Court in the Parish of Orleans, Louisiana, allegedly officiated hundreds of marriage ceremonies each year but did not report on her federal tax returns the entire income earned from presiding over those ceremonies. 

Trahan allegedly earned between $80 and $100, paid to her in cash, for each marriage she officiated at the courthouse. 

She allegedly charged higher officiant fees for marriages conducted outside normal business hours, outside the courthouse, or on Valentine’s Day. 

Also, Trahan allegedly did not report all of these officiant fees on her 2013 through 2016 federal tax returns. On her 2013 and 2014 tax returns, Trahan also allegedly did not report the income she received in those tax years for providing outside legal work before becoming a judge.

The Daily Crucible learnt that Trahan is scheduled to make her initial court appearance on Jan. 24 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Janis van Meerveld of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. 

If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of three years in prison for each of the four counts of filing a false tax return. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.


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