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Fugitive Arrested on State Income Tax Evasion Charges

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Sacramento – A fugitive from Santa Cruz County, who fled the United States in 1995 to avoid prosecution on three felony charges of state income tax evasion, was arrested Saturday by Franchise Tax Board (FTB) agents upon his arrival at San Francisco International Airport from Thailand, FTB announced.

According to court documents, Russell S. Broadwell, 61, allegedly failed to file his 1989-1991 state income tax returns. During the years under investigation, Broadwell was employed as a sales manager for two different software firms and earned more than $270,000. He owes the state more than $62,000 in unpaid tax, penalties, and interest.

Broadwell fled the country after being notified of the investigation. Thailand police arrested Broadwell in Bangkok on August 1 and held him until his extradition.

FTB agents booked Broadwell into the Santa Cruz County Main Jail. Broadwell is currently free on $15,000 bail and his next court appearance is scheduled for August 16 in the Santa Cruz County Superior Court. Broadwell listed his home address in Bellevue, WA. and his occupation as retired.

FTB’s criminal investigation program identifies and investigates cases of tax evasion and tax fraud to encourage compliance with California income tax laws and maintain the public trust.

The charges and allegations contained in the criminal complaint are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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