Glenn and Kathryn Jasen of Spring Hill were found guilty of wire fraud, and each face a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison, according to a release from U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley III. The sentencings are scheduled for Jan. 11. They were indicted on July 15.
According to testimony, the Jasens discovered a sinkhole beneath their home inHernando County in 2009 and filed a claim to Citizens Property Insurance. Citizens offered the Jasens either a check to compensate for their losses or mitigation of the sinkhole.
Rather than having Citizens repair the sinkhole, the Jasens chose a check for $153,745.37, but did not repair the sinkhole. Instead, they made cosmetic repairs to the house and listed it for sale in 2013, and kept the sinkhole a secret from prospective buyers.
On a Florida real estate disclosure form, the Jasens denied any knowledge of a prior sinkhole or sinkhole claim.
The home was ultimately sold to a family with five children. In March 2015, the family heard what they thought was a car crash beneath their house. They soon discovered a crack running across the floor and had to evacuate.
Source: USA Today