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Federal Charges Brought Against Two Reno-area Residents for Interfering with IRS

July 30, 2004

Reno, Nev. - A resident of Reno, Nevada, and a resident of Sparks, Nevada, were indicted by a Federal Grand Jury yesterday for allegedly intimidating an IRS Officer who was attempting to collect delinquent taxes owed by one of the defendants, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.

RUTH IRENE GILLINGS, of Sparks, and LINWOOD E. TRACY, of Reno, are each charged with two counts of Interference with Administration of Internal Revenue Laws by Endeavoring to Intimidate a Federal Official and Aiding and Abetting. GILLINGS is also charged with three counts of Failure to File an Income Tax Return and three counts of Evasion of Income Tax. They are facing up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each of the Interference charges. GILLINGS is facing up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine on each of the Failure to File counts and up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each of the Tax Evasion counts.

According to the indictment, on or about April 19, 2001, LINWOOD TRACY and RUTH IRENE GILLINGS allegedly tried to intimidate and/or impede an IRS Officer by threatening to "fine her $5,000 per day in gold and silver" if the IRS Officer continued her efforts to collect delinquent federal income tax liabilities owed by defendant GILLINGS. The Indictment alleges that on or about February 22 and March 21, 2002, TRACY and GILLINGS allegedly obstructed and/or impeded the administration of IRS laws by threatening employees of Washoe County by lunging and screaming threats of personal financial harm to "personally sue you and take everything you own, your money, anything that you have," and mailing threatening correspondence.

Additionally, the Indictment alleges that during the calendar years 1999, 2000, and 2001, GILLINGS willfully failed to file a federal tax return and evaded paying federal income tax for those years.

The case was investigated by Special Agents with IRS Criminal Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert Don Gifford.

The public is reminded that an Indictment contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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