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Woman, 92, sentenced for not filing taxes on 'suicide kits' earnings

92-year-old Sharlotte Hydorn, who sold $40
92-year-old Sharlotte Hydorn, who sold $40 "suicide kits," was sentenced in federal court in San Diego on Monday, May 7, 2012 for failing to file federal tax returns on her earnings.
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For failing to file federal tax returns, a 92-year-old woman who sold suicide kits was sentenced Monday to five years of probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.

Sharlotte Hydorn, sentenced in San Diego, could have faced a year in prison. 

Hydorn did not have a verification process for her customers, and the case was initially investigated because authorities saw this as a public safety risk, Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter J. Mazza told the court.

There is no federal law prohibiting the sale of such kits. After sentencing, Hydorn, who was selling hers for $40, reportedly said her intention was just to let people die at home, surrounded by family and friends.


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