UPDATE: The U.S. Justice Department announced October 7, 2015 Travis Ashmead, 30, of Springfield pleaded guilty to his part in the tax fraud scheme. He is the 13th and final defendant to plead in the case. He will face a possible sentence of up to five years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 in addition to restitution.
Co-defendants Lisa Lorre DeHaven, 34, Claudia Dorsey, 33, Amanda Leigh Boyd, 33, Johnny L. Cooper, 28, and Jeannie Marie Rhodes, 34, all of Springfield; Shawna Marie Hughey, 37, of Joplin, Mo., formerly of Springfield; Heather Nicole Drennen, 32, of Cameron, Mo., formerly of Springfield; William J. Coonce, 29, of Otterville, Mo.; Jeannette R. Dunn, 48, of Huntsville, Ark., formerly of Springfield; Asia Michelle Couchman, 26, of Oak Grove, Mo.; and Delbert L. Allen, 37, of Pleasant Hope, Mo., formerly of Springfield; have also pleaded guilty.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A Springfield woman pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to her role in a $340,000 tax fraud scheme.
Lisa Lorre DeHaven, 34, admitted to filing a “false and fraudulent income tax return.” Co-defendant Cherie Christine Dupuis, 43, of Springfield, pleaded guilty to the same scheme July 21, 2015. Dupuis admitted to leading the fraudulent conspiracy, which claimed $340,630 from the IRS in fraudulent tax returns. The final total in losses to the IRS was $284,169.
Dupuis admitted to filing false tax returns in her name, and in the names of at least 19 other individuals. The scheme took place between February, 2009 and March, 2010.
DeHaven admitted to taking in part in filing false tax returns for 2009 and 2010, listing incorrect wages that had not been earned and incorrect tax withholdings that had not been withheld. DeHaven reportedly received nearly $20,000 in fraudulent tax return funds.
DeHaven was listed along with a dozen defendants in the scheme who have already pleaded guilty. She is subject to five years in a federal prison without parole and a $250,000 fine.