A Provo woman has been sentenced to a month in jail for illegally augmenting her government income five years ago when she was an Internal Revenue Service contact representative.
Ellen S. Price Shelton pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge. U.S. Magistrate Calvin Gould placed her on probation for three years and imposed the jail term, during which she may be released for therapy or Alcoholics Anonymous meetings but not for work.She was originally charged by a grand jury felony indictment last year that claimed she had taken $1,000 in exchange for reducing a man's income tax liability by about $17,000. The crime happened June 21, 1983, in Provo, the indictment said.
The charge was later reduced to simply illegally augmenting her income when the government alone is supposed to pay her salary for IRS duties.