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Gainesville woman guilty of tax fraud

POSTED: December 19, 2008 5:00 a.m.

A Gainesville woman has been convicted in federal court of tax conspiracy and passing fake bonds.

Jacqueline Ann Demer, 50, was found guilty by a jury in U.S. District Court of conspiracy to impede the IRS in the collection of income taxes of Jerry Robert Lahr, who failed to report $2.6 million in income between 1996 and 2003, according to Patrick Crosby, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney David Nahmias.

Demer also was found guilty of fictitious obligations fraud for mailing five fake bonds to the IRS to pay Lahr’s income taxes.

Demer used at least 30 different "shell" business names and post office boxes in seven locations to conceal Lahr’s ownership of assets that included property and cars, Crosby said.

Lahr pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges Dec. 3. and agreed to pay $1.1 million in back taxes as restitution to the IRS.

Lahr and Demer will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge William S. Duffey Jr. in February.



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