BREAKING: TABOR Author Doug Bruce Convicted of Tax Evasion

UPDATE #2: The Grand Junction Sentinel’s Charles Ashby:

Bruce deposited $2 million in an account for the group, which earned interest in the amount of $38,000 in 2005, $55,000 in 2006, and $85,000 in 2007, which Bruce failed to report to state and federal taxing authorities as income. During those time periods, Bruce used these funds as his own.

Bruce also was indicted for filing a false tax return on income he earned during the 2005 tax year and failing to file a tax return concerning income he earned during the 2006 and 2007 tax years, and on attempts to influence a public servant, a class-four felony and the most serious charge Bruce faced.

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UPDATE: FOX 31′s Eli Stokols:

Prosecutors say Bruce evaded his tax responsibilities by funneling his income through a non-profit that he created in 2001 called Active Citizens Together, and failing to report that income to the Department of Revenue.

He faces up to 6 years in prison and $500,000 in fines when he is sentenced on Feb. 13, 2012.

He must also surrender his US passport within 36 hours after prosecutors argued he is a flight risk… [Pols emphasis]

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Details coming, but that’s some sweet irony in the headline.

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  1. PitaPita says:

    Now that that’s over, any bets he won’t appeal?

  2. sxp151 says:

    How is this “irony” as opposed to “the opposite of irony and something really utterly predictable”?

  3. WendyNorris says:

    Snark aside …

    Any chance the Bruce conviction (and the Lobato appeal) could be used to help dismantle TABOR once and for all?

    Son of Ref C/D anyone?

  4. gertie97 says:

    also took down Al Capone.

    There are similarities.

  5. Craig says:

    And disbarment if he is still an authorized attorney anywhere.  And public flogging.  Also, do you think the death penalty would be cruel and unusual in these circumstances.

    I can’t believe that some one finally got him.  It’s been a long time coming.  Someone above compared him to Al Capone.  I think that’s right on point.  Capone terrorized a city, Bruce terrorized a state for all these years.  

    Go back to California Doug, that is when you get out of jail.

  6. JeffcoBlueJeffcoBlue says:

    All the TABOR defenders out there need to think about the mind that wrote it. The labyrinthine ways TABOR messes with the workings of government take on a new meaning now that their creator is a convicted felon for tax evasion.

  7. Alexei says:

    You have 36 hours before you have to turn over your passport. Leave now, you can be in Argentina by then.

    Bye Bye!

  8. thiokuutoo says:

    Did you not realize that pissing off everybody would not be a good way of living your life. May you have a good friend to help your long days be fun in the can.

    • AristotleAristotle says:

      It would explain a lot.

      • Diogenesdemar says:

        proves that you’re far too goodly hearted and much too quick to give folks the benefit of any doubt.  

      • ohwilleke says:

        Sociopathic interpersonal manner is frequently described as sometimes charismatic and sometimes chilling, but not associated with public buffoonery and civic involvement that doesn’t bring you meaningful private benefit (as is the case in lots of his crusades).

        He may very well be mentally ill, and certainly acts delusional at times, but he is a poor fit for a sociopath.

        • AristotleAristotle says:

          there are several different kinds of sociopaths. Charisma and coldness need not be present or noticeable; and given that it’s supposed that something like one out of every 1,000 people is a sociopath, I’d guess that those qualities may not even be noticed by a lot of people when they are.

          It’s all conjecture, anyway. I’m not a psychologist or psychiatrist, and I believe you’re not, either. It makes for good conversation, but poor diagnosis.

            • Duke Coxdukeco1 says:

              In the 1830′s this disorder was called “moral insanity.” By 1900 it was changed to “psychopathic personality.” More recently it has been termed “antisocial personality disorder” in the DSM-III and DSM-IV. Some critics have complained that, in the attempt to rely only on ‘objective’ criteria, the DSM has broadened the concept to include too many individuals. The APD category includes people who commit illegal, immoral or self-serving acts for a variety of reasons and are not necessarily psychopaths.

              “APD” and its’ broader market share may figure into the decision. Sounds like a great name to build a designer drug around.

              Thanks for the link, Ralphie.

  9. Gray in Mountains says:

    also named Doug Bruce who has had trouble even getting job interviews because of his name

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