Northern District of Illinois | Chicago Consultant Sentenced to a Year in Federal Prison for Tax Offenses

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CHICAGO — A Chicago consultant was sentenced today to a year in federal prison for underreporting and failing to file federal income taxes.

ANNAZETTE COLLINS, 62, of Chicago, willfully filed a false individual tax return for the calendar years 2014 and 2015, and willfully failed to file an individual income tax return for the calendar year 2016.  Collins also willfully failed to file a corporate income tax return for the calendar year 2016 on behalf of her consulting and lobbying business, Chicago-based Kourtnie Nicole Corp.  Prior to operating her consulting business, Collins served in the Illinois General Assembly as a Representative and Senator.

A jury earlier this year convicted Collins on federal tax charges.  In addition to the prison sentence, U.S. District Judge Jorge L. Alonso ordered Collins to pay $110,852 in restitution.

The sentence was announced by Morris Pasqual, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, Jason Bushey, Acting Special Agent-in-Charge of the IRS Criminal Investigation Division in Chicago, and Robert W. “Wes” Wheeler, Jr., Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Office of the FBI.  The government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michelle J. Parthum and Amarjeet S. Bhachu.



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