Tax

Elderly suicide kit maker pleads guilty to tax offense

Reuters News
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Posted: Dec 02, 2011 7:33 PM

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A great-grandmother selling do-it-yourself asphyxiation kits from her home in California pleaded guilty on Friday to a misdemeanor tax-related offense stemming from an investigation of her mail-order business.

Sharlotte Hydorn, a retired public school science teacher in her 90s, pleaded guilty to one count of failing to file a federal income tax return for 2010, a year in which investigators said at least five customers used her kits to take their own lives.

(Reporting by Marty Graham; Writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)