Federal judge won’t dismiss tax fraud charges against Orleans DA-Elect Jason Williams

City Council President Jason Williams addressed his being under federal investigation as he...
City Council President Jason Williams addressed his being under federal investigation as he stood in front of City Hall.(Source: WVUE)
Updated: Jan. 9, 2021 at 2:17 PM CST
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -A federal judge will not dismiss tax fraud charges against Orleans District Attorney-Elect Jason Williams.

He was formally charged with falsifying tax documents to avoid paying more than $200,000 dollars in taxes.

Williams law partner Nicole Burdette also faces charges. Both have pleaded not guilty.

In June 2020, a federal grand jury returned an 11-count indictment charging Williams and Burdett with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, five counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation and presentation of false and fraudulent tax returns, and five counts of failing to file IRS Forms 8300 relating to cash received in trade or business.

The indictment was returned while Williams was a councilman for the City of New Orleans.

“Williams and his law partner, Nicole Burdett, claim that the government singled them out for tax fraud prosecution in violation of their constitutional rights to equal protection and due process. Mr. Williams submits that the government impermissibly targeted him based on his status as a sitting public official,” according to court documents.

“The facts underlying the accused’s constitutional claims robustly inform their defenses to the government’s charges and likely will be explored as part of their telegraphed incomplete- or shoddyinvestigation defense to the charges at trial. For this reason and the reasons that follow, the renewed motions to dismiss the indictment are DENIED.”

If convicted, the pair could face at least five years in prison.

Williams pleaded not guilty last July.

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