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September 13, 2013

Wife of ex-Mass. GOP congressman faces tax charges

BOSTON (AP) — The wife of former Massachusetts Republican Congressman Peter Blute has been charged with underreporting income from her federal tax returns.

Roberta Blute, 55, of Shrewsbury was indicted on two counts of filing false tax returns in 2007 and 2008.

The federal indictment alleges she knowingly failed to report income she earned from four companies in 2007 and five companies in 2008. She faces a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

She pleaded not guilty during a court appearance Thursday in Worcester. A call to her attorney was not immediately returned.

The indictment said on her 2007 returns, Blute failed to report $88,517 from Kindred Healthcare, $75,864 from Principal Healthcare Inc., $11,836 from entities associated with CCS Companies and $21,600 from Case Management Associates, Inc.

The indictment also said that on her 2008 returns, Blute failed to report $84,735 from Kindred Healthcare, $47,689 from Hospital Corporation of America Management Services, $57,300 from Principal Healthcare, $33,500 from Peak Health Consultants, Inc. and $4,384 from CCS.

Peter Blute served two terms before he was defeated by Rep. James McGovern, a Democrat. He’s also a former head of the Massachusetts Port Authority and former deputy chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party.

A call to Peter Blute was not immediately returned.

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