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News Release from Comptroller Susan Combs

For Immediate Release
March 26, 2010

Milam County Pair Arrested for Motor Fuel Tax Fraud

(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced today that Milam County resident Don H. Roddam, 78, was arrested March 24, and his daughter, Sandi Roddam Richter, 50, was arrested March 25 for felony motor fuel tax fraud. The pair was indicted by a Travis County grand jury on March 10, following an investigation by the Comptroller’s office into Cam-Rock Oil Company, a motor fuel distribution company based in Cameron.

Separate indictments allege Roddam, Richter and Cam-Rock Oil Company intentionally failed to remit motor fuels taxes they collected on fuel sales.

Two additional indictments allege Richter falsified fuel tax reports during a three-and-a-half year period ending in 2004 and that she failed to retain documents as required by law.

The cases are being prosecuted by the Motor Fuels Tax Fraud Division of the Travis County District Attorney’s Office, a state-funded unit with jurisdiction over motor fuels tax felonies.

“The experience and expertise of the Motor Fuels Tax Fraud Division is invaluable in bringing complex motor fuels cases to justice,” Combs said. “Our partnership helps ensure motor fuel tax evaders will be prosecuted and assures all Texans that motor fuel tax dollars are used as intended – to build and maintain the highway system that is so valuable to the state economy and to fund our public schools.”

All of the charges against Roddam and Richter are second degree felonies. If convicted, both could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine each.

“Violating the motor fuel tax laws of Texas undermines the confidence of all taxpayers and causes public schools and highways to lose valuable resources,” said Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg. “The Legislature has given my office statewide authority to work with state and local law enforcement agencies to hold people accountable for such violations, and these indictments are the results of such team work,” added Lehmberg.

To find out more about the Criminal Investigation Division of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, visit www.window.state.tx.us/about/cid/.

For more information about these cases from the Travis County District Attorney’s Office, contact Ruth-Ellen Gura at (512) 854-9530.

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