A Louisiana nonprofit executive has been charged with aiding and assisting in creating and subscribing a false return.
Lynn D. Cawthorne, 52, of Shreveport, Louisiana, is charged with withholding information from his accountant when he reported an adjusted gross income of $7,555 for calendar year 2013 and an adjusted gross income of $9,529 for calendar year 2014. Cawthorne knew the information he presented to his accountant was false, which prevented his accountant from accurately reporting income for the years 2013 and 2014.
In April 2018, Cawthorne and his sister were indicted for stealing more than $536,000 from a program meant to supply summertime meals to needy children. On April 26, 2018, a grand jury returned an eight-count indictment charging them with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and seven counts of wire fraud. On February 28, 2019, additional charges were brought in an additional indictment adding 18 counts of money laundering-related charges.
Cawthorne and his sister operated United Citizens and Neighborhoods, a nonprofit that participated in the Louisiana Department of Education Division of Nutrition Support’s Summer Feeding Service Program.