Fort Myers, Fla. – U.S. Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Jennifer Hansen has pleaded guilty to three counts of filing false tax returns. Hansen faces a maximum sentence of three years in federal prison on each count.
According to the plea agreement, Hansen, a registered nurse, was employed by a medical examination company to assess people seeking life insurance policies. In this role, Hansen earned hundreds of thousands of dollars in income during the years 2016, 2017, and 2018, which she intentionally omitted from her federal tax returns. By his misrepresentations, Hansen caused a tax loss in the United States of $257,830.44. As part of its plea agreement, Hansen will return this amount in full to the United States.
During the investigation of Hansen’s tax crimes, investigators also learned that a significant portion of Hansen’s unreported income was earned illegitimately. In this regard, Hansen generated the illegitimate income by submitting false records to her employer claiming that she had examined a real patient, when in fact she had not. As part of his plea deal, Hansen will make full restitution to his former employer in the amount of more than $1,000,000.
This matter was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The IRS-CI investigates those who willfully and intentionally violate their known legal obligation to file and pay their fair share of taxes. He is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael V. Leeman.