May 30, 2002
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
TAX CHEAT CHARGED AGAIN
Salisbury Man Already Serving Seven-Year Sentence
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. and Comptroller William Donald Schaefer
announced today the filing of criminal tax charges against Bruce
E. White, 44, a convicted tax cheat, for continuing to prepare and
file fraudulent Maryland income tax returns for fellow inmates while
in prison on a previous tax conviction. White, a resident of Salisbury,
was charged in Somerset County Circuit Court with seven counts of
tax fraud, relating to the preparation of false returns for himself
and four individuals he met in the Eastern Correctional Institution
where White is serving a seven-year sentence imposed in 1999 by
a judge in Anne Arundel County.
previous conviction involved the preparation by White of literally
hundreds of phony Maryland income tax returns for both real and
fictitious persons from 1993 to 1996. The current tax fraud charges
relate to returns for tax year 2000 which were filed in 2001. The
charges were filed in Somerset County because that is where White
currently resides, in the Eastern Correctional Institution in Westover,
defendants are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable
doubt The case will be prosecuted jointly by members of the Attorney
General's Office and the Somerset County State's Attorney's Office.
dates have been set yet in the Somerset County case.