Douglas Bruce to be released following probation violation


DELTA | Former state Rep. Douglas Bruce, the anti-tax crusader who is serving prison time for violating probation for tax evasion, was granted parole effective Sept. 3 after a parole board hearing Thursday.

Bruce told state parole board member Alfredo Pena that he accepted responsibility for his actions leading up to his incarceration, The Gazette reported ( ). The hearing was held at Delta Correctional Facility in western Colorado, where Bruce is being held.

The anti-tax activist was convicted in 2012 of tax evasion and trying to influence a public servant. He was released after 104 days but was sentenced in March to at least two years in prison for violating his probation by failing to disclose his financial dealings.

The probation department said Bruce failed to submit financial disclosures and tax filings and didn’t report code violations and court cases related to properties he owned in Ohio, Wisconsin and Illinois.

Bruce has said he was being targeted because of his role in passing the 1992 Colorado Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, which sets strict limits on state taxes and spending.


Information from: The Gazette,