Douglas Bruce, the anti-tax crusader, has been arrested in Colorado Springs for a charge of tax evasion.
CSPD arrested Bruce Friday at the post office at 4300 Montebello Drive at 1:03 p.m. after he was indicted by a Grand Jury on tax evasion charges. The indictment says Bruce failed to pay taxes on income he earned during the 2005, 2006 and 2007 tax years.
The Attorney General sent the following information about the arrest:
According to the four-count indictment, Bruce is suspected of attempting to evade his tax responsibilities by funneling his income into the coffers of Active Citizens Together, a nonprofit he created in 2001, and failing to report such income to the Department of Revenue. Bruce is suspected of 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.
“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. “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 grand jury returned the indictment on April 7. Prosecutors for the Office of the Attorney General will present the state’s case against Bruce in Denver District Court.
Bruce posted his $10,000 bond and was released from the Criminal Justice Center just about three hours after his arrest.