Omaha Woman Pleads Guilty To Misprision of a Felony for Involvement in an Income Tax Scheme
United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that Kathy Hansen, 36, of Ralston, Nebraska, pleaded guilty on Monday, February 6, 2017 to misprision of a felony, relating to her concealment of an income tax scheme. The Honorable Chief Judge Laurie Smith Camp presided over the change of plea that was held in Federal District Court. Sentencing has been set for May 1, 2017. Hansen faces up to 3 years’ imprisonment as well as a $250,000 fine.
In 2014 Hansen opened bank accounts with financial institutions resulting in illegally obtained tax refunds, totaling approximately $11,557.00, being deposited into those bank accounts. The tax refunds were obtained as part of a tax refund fraud scheme being operated by individuals believed to be located outside the United States. The funds deposited into the accounts were then sent by Hansen to individuals in Nigeria. The charges allege that Hansen, knowing that a crime was being committed, failed to notify law enforcement of it.
The case was investigated by the Department of the Treasury, Criminal Investigations.