Fort Myers, Florida –United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Jennifer Hansen has pleaded guilty to three counts of filing false tax returns. Hansen faces a maximum penalty of three years in federal prison for each count.
According to the plea agreement, Hansen, a registered nurse, was employed by a medical examination company to evaluate individuals who were seeking life insurance policies. In that role, Hansen earned hundreds of thousands of dollars in income during the years 2016, 2017, and 2018, all of which she intentionally omitted from her federal income tax returns. Through her false returns, Hansen caused a tax loss to the United States of $257,830.44. As part of her plea agreement, Hansen will make full restitution to the United States in that amount.
During the investigation into Hansen’s tax crimes, investigators also learned that a substantial portion of Hansen’s unreported income was illegitimately earned. In that 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 her plea agreement, Hansen will make full restitution to her previous employer in the amount of more than $1,000,000.
This case 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 duty of filing and paying their fair share of taxes. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael V. Leeman.