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State indicts Douglas Bruce

By Charles Ashby

The state's well-known anti-tax crusader, Douglas Bruce, has been indicted by a state grand jury on suspicion of failing to pay income taxes for a three-year period from 2005 to 2007.

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced that the indictment is based on a suspicion that Bruce attempted to evade paying taxes by funnelling money into Active Citizens Together, a nonprofit he created in 2001.

The 61-year-old Colorado Springs resident, well known for getting the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights into the Colorado Constitution in 1991 and his backing of numerous anti-tax measures since then, is also suspected of filing a false tax return on income he earned during the 2005 tax year and failing to file returns in 2006 and 2007.

“State law requires that citizens who live in Colorado and enjoy all of the benefits of being a resident pay the appropriate taxes,” Suthers said in a statement. “No one is exempt from that obligation.”

According to the indictment, Bruce is suspected of evasion of taxes administered by the Colorado Department of Revenue, a class-five felony; filing a false tax return, a class-five felony; attempt to influence a public servant, a class-four felony; and failure to file a return or pay a tax, a misdemeanor offense. Bruce could face up to six years in prison or up to $500,000 in fines if convicted of attempt to influence a public servant, a class-four felony.

The state investigated and referred the case to Suthers' office, who convened a statewide grand jury. State prosecutors will present the state’s case in Denver District Court.

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