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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

Monday, February 11, 2013

Fort Myers Man Sentenced To More Than 2 ½ Years In Prison For Tax Evasion

Fort Myers, FL - U.S. District Judge John E. Steele today sentenced Peter Jensen to 31 months in federal prison for tax evasion. The court also ordered him to pay restitution to the Internal Revenue Service in the amount of $2,155,133.88. Jensen pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion on October 23, 2012.

According to court documents, for the years 2003 through 2009, Jensen attempted to evade paying federal income tax, in the amount of approximately $1.8 million. Jensen attempted to evade paying the taxes by placing real properties in the names of others, and utilizing the bank account of another individual, rather than depositing money he earned in a bank account from which the money could have been seized by the IRS.

"Today's sentencing again emphasizes that the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Attorney’s Office will continue their aggressive pursuit of those who use fraudulent methods in an attempt to corrupt our Nation's tax system." said James D. Robnett, Special Agent in Charge, IRS-Criminal Investigation, Tampa Field Office. "Honest taxpayers have been reassured today that no one is above the law, especially when the integrity of tax administration is at stake."

This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert Barclift.

Updated January 26, 2015