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Tax preparer sentenced for fraud

A federal judge on Tuesday in Eugene sentenced Cottage Grove resident Brian Keith Rogers to five months in prison and $30,000 in restitution for defrauding customers of his business, Tax Crisis Consultants.

Rogers, 34, pleaded guilty in August to mail fraud and making false statements to the Internal Revenue Service. Investigators determined that Rogers gave a false name to the IRS and posed as a certified public accountant when preparing forms for clients. They also found that Rogers collected fees for tax services, failed to provide the services and then refused to return fees to clients.

Rogers worked as an IRS secretary in California in the early 1990s. He resigned in 1995 and formed the business, falsely claiming to be a former IRS collections agent and offering to help taxpayers who owed money to the IRS, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Cardani.

U.S. District Judge Michael Hogan ordered Rogers to repay $30,000 to his victims.

Stabbing suspect cleared of charge

A Lane County grand jury has declined to charge a Eugene man accused in the fatal stabbing of James William Ping, 40, who died soon after he was found bleeding in the intersection of West Fifth Avenue and Van Buren Street early on Nov. 4.

Police arrested 22-year-old Jeffrey Dwaine Jackson on a charge of intentional murder.

Lane County Deputy District Attorney Bill Warnisher said Jackson claimed that the stabbing was in self-defense. The murder charge was dismissed, but Jackson remains in Lane County Jail on drug and child neglect charges, according to jail records.

Holiday dinner set for homeless vets

SPRINGFIELD - The local chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America will host its eighth annual dinner for homeless veterans at 6 p.m. Friday in the American Legion Hall at Springfield Post No. 40, 344 Eighth St.

Lane County Commissioners Cindy Weeldreyer and Bill Dwyer will serve and Diane Burch, a candidate running against Commissioner Anna Morrison, will attend.

More than 100 people are expected for the free dinner, which includes turkey, yams, mashed potatoes and gravy.

Free rides are available at 5:30 p.m. from the Eugene Mission, 1542 W. First Ave., or the Veterans Administration Clinic, 100 River Ave. in Eugene, or by calling the St. Vincent de Paul service station at 461-8688.

Letter carriers collecting food

Letter carriers will collect canned food again from Lane County residents on Saturday as part of the Cans for Carriers Who Care food drive.

Cans left in mailboxes on Saturday will benefit FOOD for Lane County, a nonprofit charity food bank. Last Saturday, 60,000 pounds of food were gathered, and 40,000 pounds more is needed to meet this year's goal.
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Date:Dec 6, 2001
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