A federal grand jury has returned a superseding indictment against a Louisville, Ky., man arrested May 4 in Crosslake.
Bruce Peck was arrested by Crosslake police officers following a two-week manhunt by federal authorities, who used cell phone records to track Peck through the Midwest to Crosslake.
Robert Hartman, Crosslake police chief, received a tip that Peck was in the Crosslake area May 4, and found the fugitive pulling his vehicle into a friend's residence. Peck also owned property in the Crosslake area.
When arrested, Peck tried to convince Hartman to let him go, the U.S. Justice Department reported. Aside from that, Hartman said May 9, Peck's arrest was without incident.
Peck was transported by U.S. marshals back to Louisville. He remains in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.
Peck was a tax return preparer in the Louisville area. He allegedly prepared false income tax returns for numerous clients and claimed bogus losses in shell companies in order to reduce the clients' tax liability, the U.S. Justice Department reported.
Peck was originally indicted Feb. 7 on charges of filing 60 fraudulent tax returns totaling $560,000. The superseding indictment adds 22 counts of aiding and abetting the filing of false returns totaling $1.5 million and one count of failure to appear in U.S. District Court on April 19.
Peck is expected to be arraigned on the superseding indictment in Louisville on June 20.
If convicted, Peck faces up to 376 years imprisonment, a $20 million fine and supervised release for three years.
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