- Associated Press - Friday, March 11, 2016

DENVER (AP) - Former state Rep. Douglas Bruce, who was convicted in 2012 of tax evasion and trying to influence a public servant, was sentenced to at least two years in prison on Friday for violating the terms of his probation.

Denver District Judge Sheila Rappaport ruled that Bruce violated his probation because he failed to disclose his financial dealings.

Bruce was on probation for his 2012 felony convictions for tax evasion, filing a false tax return and trying to influence a public servant. He spent 104 days in jail and was required to provide full transparency in his financial dealings after he was released.

Bruce was defiant at the court hearing and told Rappaport he did nothing wrong, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette (https://tinyurl.com/z6dd7wk.)

“I have no remorse because I’m not guilty,” Bruce told the judge. “… I’m not going to mislead you by saying I’m sorry or I’ll never do it again because that’s not the case.”

Bruce said previously he has been the target of government enforcement because of his role in passing the Colorado Taxpayer Bill of Rights, which sets strict limits on state government taxes and spending.

Rappaport also sentenced Bruce to three years mandatory parole on Friday, saying Bruce couldn’t be trusted. “You were manipulative, you were deceitful, you lacked transparency and you tried to make a charade of probation,” she told Bruce.

The probation department filed two complaints in Denver District Court saying Bruce failed to submit financial disclosures and tax filings, didn’t disclose a financial deal with Colorado Springs Councilwoman Helen Collins and didn’t report code violations and court cases related to six properties he owned in Ohio, Wisconsin and Illinois, and nearly $22,000 in delinquent taxes owed on three Ohio properties.


Information from: The Gazette, https://www.gazette.com

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