July 26, 2002
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
TAX CHEAT SENTENCED
ON NEW TAX FRAUD CHARGES
Man Already Serving Seven-Year Sentence
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.
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.
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,
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."
must serve a previously ordered four-year sentence for tax fraud
in Delaware following the completion of his sentence in Maryland.