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Jury finds Douglas Bruce guilty in tax-fraud case

4:38 PM, Dec 21, 2011   |    comments
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Rep. Douglas Bruce responds to the sexual harassment charge against him. 5/3/08

Jurors deliberated for less than four hours before coming to a verdict Wednesday. They found him guilty on all counts after hearing eight days of testimony.

Bruce is the author and proponent of the constitutional amendment called the Taxpayer Bill of Rights.

He charged with evading state taxes, filing a false return, attempting to influence a public servant and failing to file a return between 2005 and 2010.

According to the indictment, Bruce tried to evade taxes by funneling his income through Active Citizens Together, a nonprofit he created in 2001.

Investigators say Bruce deposited $2 million into an account for the nonprofit, which earned several thousands of dollars in interest; of $38,000 in 2005, $55,000 in 2006, and $85,000 in 2007.

Bruce didn't report that as income, but used the funds as his own.

He'll be sentenced Feb. 13 and faces up to 12 years in prison. 

The Gazette reported that Bruce had his head down and was wringing his hands as he waited for the verdict.

(KUSA-TV © 2011 Multimedia Holdings Corporation with The Associated Press)

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