A federal grand jury on Friday indicted New Orleans City Council President Jason Williams on charges of tax fraud, just weeks ahead of qualifying in an election in which Williams has said he plans to challenge Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro.
Williams, a criminal defense lawyer, is accused of inflating his business expenses during several tax years. Also indicted in the case was Nicole Burdett, an attorney in Williams’ law office who also handled administrative duties.
The two were charged in an 11-count indictment that says they conspired to inflate Williams’ expenses by $720,000, in order to reduce his tax liability by more than $200,000, over the five tax years that ended in 2017. The indictment also says they failed to file the proper reports on cash payments from clients totaling $66,516.
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Crooks seem to crop up like weeds after a summer rain no matter the gender, life station or color. Opportunity and greed are a sour brew.