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Former Denver Sheriff accused of over $20K in theft, tax evasion

Michael Than mug

Former Denver Sheriff Michael Than was indicted on April 24, 2014 on charges of theft and tax evasion. (Photo: First Judicial District Attorney's Office)

DENVER — A 46-year-old Westminster man was indicted on theft and tax evasion charges Thursday, according to the First Judicial District Attorney.

DA Pete Weir said a district grand jury indicted Michael Than, a former division chief with the Denver Sheriff’s Department, for stealing Turbo Tax software and reselling it on Ebay. Than also allegedly failed to report income on his federal and state tax returns for fees he earned on tax preparation services he provided, added the DA.

On Friday, following the indictment, Than turned himself in to police.

According to the arrest affidavit, Than allegedly stole Turbo Tax software, valued at over $20,000 from Denver metro area Target stores between Jan. 1, 2010 and April 16, 2013 — authorities believe he may have stolen from other retail stores as well. He then sold 1,288 packages of the Turbo Tax software on Ebay and received approximately $60,325 in compensation.

The affidavit also alleged that Than filed false tax returns in Colorado and evaded taxes administered by the Colorado Department of Revenue for tax preparation services he provided.

The indictment against Than included one count theft over $20,000, three counts of filing false tax returns, three counts tax evasion and one count attempted to commit theft.

Than posted a $10,000 cash bond Friday, said the DA’s Office, and will appear in court again on May 5 at 8 a.m.