A Denver judge sentenced Colorado Springs landlord and politico Douglas Bruce to 180 days in the Denver County Jail and a six-years probation for tax evasion.

The sentencing comes after a jury convicted Bruce in December of three felonies and one misdemeanor related to tax-evasion cases in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

As part of his probation, Bruce must also meet 20 additional conditions including, making his computer files, state and federal tax returns, banks accounts and every real estate or other financial transaction open to the probation department.

The sentence stems from a four-count indictment filed in April 2011. Click here to read the indictment.

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said Bruce tried to evade tax responsibilities by funneling income through a nonprofit he created called Active Citizens Together and neglected to report the income to the Department of Revenue.

One Active Citizens Together deposit totaled $2 million, which earned interest of $38,000 in 2005, $55,000 in 2006, and $85,000 in 2007, Suthers said.

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Bruce also was indicted for filing a false tax return on income he earned during the 2005 tax year and failing to file a tax return concerning income he earned during the 2006 and 2007 tax years.

Bruce will be required, as part of his sentence, to pay his back taxes and the cost of his prosecution.

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Marija Vader
A Colorado native, Marija (Mary) B. Vader graduated with a degree in technical journalism, focus on English and chemistry, from Colorado State University. For the most part, she has worked in print journalism since then. For the Business Journal, she covers banking, commercial and residential real estate, legal business, transportation and more.