Maine woman, 60, sentenced to jail in tax case

2:24 PM, Oct 12, 2012   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine's attorney general says a 60-year-old South Thomaston woman will serve 90 days in jail for failing to pay state income taxes between 2007 and 2010.

A District Court judge on Thursday sentenced Gertrude Black to 364 days, with all but 90 days suspended, and one year of administrative release. Black will also have to pay $7,086 in restitution for the tax due.

Attorney General William Schneider says that from 2007 through 2010 Black was a personal care assistant for an elderly person with dementia. Schneider says Black acknowledged she had her patient pay for many of Black's personal expenses such as utility, veterinary, auto insurance, cable, and cellular telephone bills, along with auto loan payments.

Black blamed her conduct on her use of alcohol.

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