Former tax preparer Emma Raine has pleaded guilty to failing to report her taxable income in Gulfport and Poplarville — about $332,500 in two years alone.
Raine, 52, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, avoiding trial on a 35-count indictment with charges including bankruptcy fraud.
The three-time widow is serving a life prison term in Louisiana on a recent conviction on second-degree murder. A jury in New Orleans in August believed testimony that Raine hired a hit man to kill her second husband in 2006. Prosecutors described her as “a black widow.”
Raine pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge involving income she did not report to the Internal Revenue Service for 2011.
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But according to her plea agreement, she admitted her unreported taxable income for 2010 and 2011 was $332,525.06, resulting in a loss to the IRS of $94,107.01. And she agreed that the false tax returns she filed for clients for the calendar years from 2008 through 2010, resulted in a government loss of $150,674.
U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden will sentence Raine on Feb. 10. She faces up to three years in prison, a $250,000 fine plus restitution.