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Tax evasion conviction doesn't pay for couple

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A Rio Rancho woman convicted of tax evasion was sentenced to three years of supervised release Tuesday, according to U.S. Attorney Ken Gonzales.

Elizabeth "Daisy" Kupfer, 50, was sentenced on three counts of federal tax evasion charges. She and her husband, Joseph Kupfer, 49, were also sentenced to pay more than $288,000 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service. The court found that they willfully avoided paying taxes on about $750,000.

Daisy and Joseph Kupfer were initially charged with tax evasion in 2010. The original indictment charged that they reported about $500,000 of the $1.3 million revenue from Kupfer Consulting.

Another indictment in 2011 added conspiracy and theft of government property charges against Joseph Kupfer and added Armando Gutierrez, 65, of Corpus Christi, Texas, as a defendant. The court severed the tax evasion counts against the Kupfers from the conspiracy and theft charges.

Gutierrez and Joseph Kupfer were found guilty earlier this year of conspiring and theft of Help America Vote Act funds. The two men were charged with stealing more than $2.5 million from the federal program, intended to help educate voters.

Daisy Kupfer had a hand in Joseph Kupfer's business. She worked as office manager and signer on the bank account. She was an administrator in the state Attorney General's Office for a time.

A federal jury convicted the Kupfers of tax evasion in August 2012, and another federal jury convicted them of conspiracy and theft of government property this January.

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