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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Shrewsbury Woman Sentenced For Filing False Tax Returns

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BOSTON – A Shrewsbury woman was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Worcester for underreporting income on her federal tax returns.

Roberta I. Crudale Blute, 56, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman to one year probation and 100 hours of community service.  Judge Hillman further ordered her to pay $114,576 in restitution to the IRS and to cooperate with the IRS to file amended tax returns and pay the taxes owed.  In January 2014, Blute pleaded guilty to filing false federal tax returns for tax years 2007 and 2008.

Blute omitted from her tax returns hundreds of thousands of dollars in income she earned from numerous employers in 2007 and 2008.  Specifically, she failed to report income she earned from four companies in 2007 and five companies in 2008.

            United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; William P. Offord, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation in Boston; Vincent B. Lisi, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; and Phillip M. Coyne, Special Agent in Charge of the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations, made the announcement today.  The case was prosecuted by Amanda P.M. Strachan and Miranda Hooker of Ortiz’s Health Care Fraud Unit.