Ex-Fugitive Learns Belated Sentence

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    A federal judge in Fresno has ordered a 75-year-old former fugitive to serve 15 months in prison for a tax avoidance scheme in the early 1990s.

    U.S. District Judge Oliver Wanger on Monday sentenced Robert Moser of San Diego for his involvement in a fraudulent program that sold so-called "tax avoidance packages" to individuals and businesses.

    According to court documents, in 1992 Moser and two other co-defendants sold products for International Tax Technology, charging between $2,500 and $15,000 for services.

    The men falsely claimed they could permanently and legally remove clients from future obligations to keep records to establish tax liability, file tax returns, or pay state and federal income or employment taxes.

    Moser, formerly of Visalia, was indicted in 1997 but was a fugitive until his arrest in San Diego in last June.