Hearing for couple convicted of lying about sinkhole activity ends without decision

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A sentencing hearing for a couple convicted of wire fraud after lying about sinkhole activity to home buyers ended with no decision Tuesday.

Federal judge James Whittemore heard hours of testimony and arguing from attorneys. At 5 p.m. he decided to wait to make a decision. Court will reconvene on Thursday at 9 a.m.

The courtroom was packed with supporters of the defendants, Glenn and Kathryn Jasen. Supporters had submitted dozens of letters, attesting to the Jasens’ good characters.

Judge in Spring Hill trial

This comes after an 8 On Your Side investigation more than a year ago. News Channel 8 found the Jasens sold their Spring Hill home, without disclosing they had already accepted an insurance settlement for the sinkhole activity. The settlement was for $153,000.

When asked by 8 On Your Side about the settlement and sinkhole activity, Glenn Jasen said he knew nothing about it.

Our investigation caught the attention of federal prosecutors and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. This is the first federal case of its kind involving home sellers lying on disclosure forms about sinkholes.

Attorneys for both sides are arguing about terms that would decide how much prison time the couple could face. The wire fraud charge comes with a maximum of 20 years – but a minimum of just probation. However, after some objections were ruled upon Thursday, the prison time frame is now at 30 to 37 months.

On the way out of the courthouse, the Jasens had nothing to say to 8 On Your Side.

Home buyer Kelly Magbee says she is ready for all of this to be over. “I just want to get out of this house and move on,” Magbee said.

WFLA.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s