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April 29, 2011

Carrolton, Texas Woman Sentenced For Federal Tax Fraud

PLANO, Texas – A 63-year-old Carrolton, Texas woman has been sentenced to federal prison for income tax violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Susan Gill Ruston pleaded guilty on Aug. 17, 2010, to making a false statement on a tax return and was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison on Apr. 26, 2011, by U.S. District Judge Richard A. Schell.

                According to information presented in court, Ruston willfully and intentionally filed a federal Income Tax Return for 2005 in which she claimed to have taxable income of $34,500.00 when she knew her taxable income was at least $163,355.00.  Ruston willfully and intentionally filed a federal Income Tax Return for 2006 in which she claimed to have taxable income of $35,346.00, when she knew her taxable income was at least $201,722.36.  Ruston filed a federal Income Tax Return for 2007 in which she claimed to have taxable income of $36,583.00, when she knew her taxable income was at least $200,151.92.  Ruston filed a federal Income Tax Return for 2008 in which she claimed to have taxable income of $18,283.00, when she knew her taxable income was at least $317,756.75.   The total tax loss to the government as a result of Ruston's fraudulent activities is $218,196.00, which Ruston must repay.

This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigations and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andy Williams.

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