United States v. Taffaro

Jefferson Parish, La. chief deputy sheriff is convicted of tax fraud. Although his guidelines range is over two years, the judge gives him only probation. Did he get off too easy? Fifth Circuit: We defer to the sentencing decision. Concurrence: “[D]eference need not mask disagreement.” The guy cheated on his taxes for 12 years, claiming deductions for things like an Alaskan cruise and 40k miles he never drove. Gov’t officials shouldn’t be treated better than average citizens. [Speaking of, n.b. majority footnote 1, telling the AUSAs to knock it off with mischaracterizing the record.]

Tags: 2019, Fifth Circuit, Fraud, Sentencing, Tax

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