North Port couple facing tax fraud charges

CREATED Dec. 17, 2013

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NORTH PORT, Fla. - A North Port couple is facing charges of conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service and filing false claims for tax refunds.

According to an indictment released Tuesday by the U.S. Attorney's Office, James Dee Jaeger, 62, and Lora Anne Jaeger, 50, devised and took part in a scheme to help "taxpayers," including themselves, obtain fraudulent tax refunds from the IRS.

The couple faces one count of conspiracy to defraud the IRS and seven counts of causing false and fraudulent claims for tax refunds to be filed with the IRS.

If convicted on all counts, each faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison for the conspiracy charge and five years’ imprisonment for each false claim charge.

Collectively, at least 15 tax returns were filed as part of the scheme, seeking refunds totaling $2,583,207.70. The indictment further alleges that the Jaegers instructed taxpayers on how to conceal fraudulent tax refunds and how to frustrate the lawful collection efforts of the IRS.