Hunting Guide Sentenced To Prison

Iowa hunting guide sentenced to federal time.

On October 21, 2010, James Joseph Juergens, 50, of Mt. Ayr.,
Iowa, was sentenced to twenty-one months of imprisonment for charges of violating Fish and Wildlife laws and mail fraud and twelve months of imprisonment for failure to file tax returns associated with his operation of a hunting guide business known as Lott’s Creek Inn located in Ringgold County, Iowa.

The sentences were ordered to be served concurrently, resulting in a
term of imprisonment of twenty-one months.

United States District Court Judge James E. Gritzner also ordered Mr. Juergens to serve a three year term of supervised release on the wildlife and mail fraud violations and a one year term of supervised release on the tax violations following his incarceration. A total of $300 in special assessments to be paid to the crime victims fund and $14,080 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service was ordered in addition to the terms of imprisonment and supervised release.

Mr. Juergens pleaded guilty on June 4, 2010, to one count of mail fraud, one count of violating the Lacey Act for unlawful taking of wildlife and four counts of failing to file tax returns.

This case was prosecuted in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa and was investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, United States Postal Inspection Service and the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division.

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