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For Immediate Release
July 26, 2002
Contact: Sean Caine, 410-576-6357

INCARCERATED TAX CHEAT SENTENCED
ON NEW TAX FRAUD CHARGES

Salisbury Man Already Serving Seven-Year Sentence

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. and Comptroller William Donald Schaefer announced today that Bruce E. White, 44, a convicted tax cheat serving a seven year sentence in the Eastern Correctional Facility, pleaded guilty to five counts of tax fraud Thursday. Somerset County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Long sentenced White to a consecutive seven year sentence, suspending all but three years, and ordered White to serve five years' probation following the completion of his sentence. He was further ordered to pay restitution to the Comptroller's Office for all fraudulent returns.

According to the statement of facts, White continued 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.

The 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, Maryland.

"Mr. White obviously didn't learn his lesson," Attorney General Curran said. "After 10 years in a Maryland jail and four years in a Delaware jail, maybe he will."

White must serve a previously ordered four-year sentence for tax fraud in Delaware following the completion of his sentence in Maryland.

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