In July 2009, a Colorado jury found a man guilty of 52 criminal counts,
including violations of the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, for
stealing $11 million from the Colorado Department of Revenue.
The man’s girlfriend, a supervisor at the department, took the money
through various schemes, including creating false businesses and fake
tax returns. The woman said she took the funds at her boyfriend’s
urging because she loved him and wanted him to leave his wife.
The man said that he believed the woman was withdrawing the funds from
her trust account, a claim that the jury found incredible. The man lost
all of the money in 18 months on business ventures, land deals, jewelry,
cars and trips. His girlfriend spent none of the money on herself.
The man’s sentence of 58 years in jail was imposed on September
24. His girlfriend pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 24 years in prison.
She must also pay $10.8 million in restitution to the state.
The moral of this story is that one should never take that which the tax
man has first taken away.