Kodiak man faces various federal charges

Posted: Friday, August 02, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A taxi cab business owner in Kodiak has been arraigned in federal court on charges of failing to file income tax returns.

Richard Ray Blankenship, 50, faces five counts of failing to file income tax returns from 1995 through 2000. He also is charged with four counts of mailing threatening communications to several individuals, including Alaska state judges.

Blankenship also is charged with attempting to pass fictitious obligations in connection with a draft presented to settle a bill of over $6,800 to Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

If convicted of failing to file tax returns, Blankenship could be sentenced to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine on each count.

He also faces a maximum two-year prison term and a $250,000 fine for each count of sending threatening communications through the mail. And he faces a maximum of 25 years and a $250,000 fine for attempting to pass a fictitious obligation.

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