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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

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SurfPuppy619 Dec. 2, 2011 @ 9:25 p.m.

The FBI hasn't prosecuted a single scammer from the mortgage and financial meltdown on Wall Street costing billiosn and even trillions in losses, but they can spend limited and precious resources on a $26K tax debt of a 90 year old lady.....yes, this country is certainly on the right track!!!!!!


Don Bauder Dec. 2, 2011 @ 10:12 p.m.

The Federal Reserve secretly spent $16 trillion bailing out banks around the world. Do you think anybody in our government is going to pursue the malefactors? Best, Don Bauder


SurfPuppy619 Dec. 3, 2011 @ 7:37 a.m.


This is why this country is headed for an implosion, a meltdown, Rodney King type riots and unrest, they are not that far off, mark my words.


Don Bauder Dec. 3, 2011 @ 4:14 p.m.

You could be right. But people have to be really irate to storm the Bastille. Are Americans that irate? Maybe. Best, Don Bauder


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