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Guetzloe sentenced for not filing tax returns
Posted May 21, 2012 by William March
Updated May 23, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Radio talk show host and conservative political activist Doug Guetzloe of Orlando has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for willfully failing to file federal tax returns, according to an announcement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Guetzloe, 57, was convicted by a federal jury in February on two counts of failure to file tax returns for 2005 and 2006, despite making more than $180,000 in gross income in both of those years, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Robert O’Neill. Guetzloe owed more than $39,000 in taxes for those two years.
O’Neill said evidence at the trial showed Guetzloe also filed eight late returns between 1992 and 2004, including four returns filed more than three years late. He paid more than $200,000 in additional taxes, penalties and interest as result.
Guetzloe, an anti-tax crusader, has long had a reputation as a maverick in the Republican Party, and has often been accused of unethical behavior by political opponents, which he denies.