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Gresham man charged with felony theft, tax fraud and evasion

YORK- A Gresham man has been charged with felony theft, tax fraud and tax evasion. Curt E. Jensen, 52 of Gresham, has been accused of selling his employers fuel and keeping the money for himself. Jensen has been charged with three counts of evading income tax, each a Class 4, four counts of filing fraudulent Nebraska income taxes, each a Class 4 felony and theft by unlawful taking with a value more than $5,000 a Class 2A felony.

According to court documents, the case was investigated by senior tax fraud investigators with the Nebraska Department of Revenue. Allegedly, Jensen was employed by a company that sold and delivered dyed diesel fuel for farm equipment and clear diesel fuel for other vehicles like semi-trucks. Jensen was a delivery driver for the company. When delivering the fuel he asked customers to write a check to the company for the dyed diesel from which it came and to write a check to Jensen directly for the clear diesel, which belonged to his employer.

Investigators allege that checks written to Jensen by the other man have occurred over a period of five years and total $123,894. Also according to court documents, “During the period, January, 2017 through October, 2019, under the statute of limitations for theft, the total amount of sales Jensen made of fuel owned by Sapp Bros, to Johnson was $93,360.00.” Court documents also state, “The loss to the State of Nebraska for state income tax is $6,117.00, for tax years 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, and $13,748.00 including penalties and interest.” The case has been bound over District Court where arraignment proceeding are pending.

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