JEFFERSON PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Former Jefferson Parish sheriff's chief deputy Craig Taffaro was convicted Monday on charges alleged in a superseding indictment. He was found guilty on six counts of tax evasion, five counts of filing a false tax return and one count of failing to file a tax return.
The jury found that Taffaro tried to evade taxes by filing returns with false and exaggerated business expenses for tax years 2009 though 2013, and by causing the filing of a false estimate of his tax liability for tax year 2014. The jury also found that Taffaro willfully failed to file a tax return as required by law for tax year 2014.
Taffaro faces maximum terms of five years in prison for each count of tax evasion, three years for each count of filing a false return, and one year for failure to file a return.
Sentencing is set for April 4, 2018, before U.S. District Court Judge Martin L.C. Feldman.