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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of California

Friday, June 20, 2014

Pleasant Grove Woman Indicted For Filing False Tax Returns

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment yesterday against Jacquline Hoegel, 57, of Pleasant Grove, CA, charging her with making and subscribing false tax returns, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to the indictment, Hoegel filed her personal income tax returns for the years 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008 on the same day in September 2009. Those returns substantially understated her gross receipts and falsely stated that she was a graphic designer during the relevant tax years.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations. Special Assistant United States Attorneys Benjamin Kingsley and Robin Harris are prosecuting the case.

The defendant, who is not in custody, is expected to appear on July 17, 2014, at 2:00 pm for her arraignment in federal court before Magistrate Judge Carolyn K. Delaney.

If convicted, Hoegel faces a maximum statutory penalty of up to three years in prison and a $100,000 fine on each count. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The charges are only allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Updated April 8, 2015