Liz Swain 4:24 p.m., May 24
Suicide Kit Peddler Dodged Taxes
El Cajon's Sharlotte Hydorn pleaded guilty today (Dec. 3) to not filing federal income tax returns since 2007. During the period, Hydorn, a retired school teacher, brought in more than $150,000 in income, including from the sale of helium hood kits that she sold under the name "GLADD Group."
The kits were intended to be used to commit suicide, Hydorn admitted, but she took no steps to verify the physical condition, age, identity or mental condition of the customer. The kits were sold to anyone who sent her $40, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.
he also concealed the true nature of the kit when filling out U.S. Customs forms, said the government. She sold about 1,300 kits beginning in 2007. She has agreed to pay $26,000 in back taxes but is free on $10,000 bond.
Pictured: Suicide kit