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Idaho doctor goes to prison after wife’s drug ring busted

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The following is a news release from the U.S. Attorney General’s Office in Idaho on Tuesday.

COUER D’ALENE – U.S. Chief District Judge B. Lynn Winmill sentenced Dr. Stanley Toelle to one month in federal prison to be followed by one year supervised release for submitting false income tax returns in 2012 and 2013, Acting U.S. Attorney Rafael Gonzalez announced. Pursuant to a plea agreement, Toelle admitted that his and his wife’s joint tax returns were false because they did not report that his wife, Loren Toelle, was conducting business activities. Toelle admitted that Loren Toelle generated income of $52,692.00 in 2012 and $111,396.00 in 2013, none of which was reported. As a result, Judge Winmill also ordered Toelle to pay $47,597.31 in restitution for back taxes on this revenue. Judge Winmill also ordered Toelle to pay a $5,000 fine.

Loren Toelle, now divorced from Toelle, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and conspiracy to launder money. She was sentenced to 212 months in prison. Loren Toelle admitted to being the organizer and leader of her drug trafficking and money laundering organization, which involved her children and friends. This group sold oxycodone, heroin and methamphetamine in Idaho, Washington, Montana and North Dakota. The organization sold an average of about $1 million of illegal narcotics per year from 2012 through 2014.

Toelle maintains that he did not know about Loren Toelle’s drug organization and that it was the source of her income. In a separate civil action, he agreed to forfeit $150,000 to resolve forfeiture claims on two homes and other assets that constituted proceeds of Loren Toelle’s drug trafficking organization.

The case is a result of a joint investigation and cooperative law enforcement efforts of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force, including the FBI North Idaho Violent Crime Task Force which consist of the Coeur d’Alene Police Department, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office, Post Falls Police Department, Kootenai county Sheriff’s Department, Drug Enforcement Administration, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, U.S. Marshal Service and Department of Homeland Security. Other agencies involved include the Williston, North Dakota Police Department, the United States Attorney’s Offices in Las Vegas, Nevada and North Dakota, the FBI in North Dakota, Williams County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Border Patrol, Williston Police Department, North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Northwest Narcotics Task Force, the Washington State Patrol, the U.S. Marshal Service in Las Vegas, IRS-CI in Las Vegas, and the DEA in Las Vegas and the United States Attorney’s Office in Idaho.

The indictments are the result of a joint investigation of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force. The OCDETF program is a federal multi agency, multi- jurisdictional task force that supplies supplemental federal funding to federal and state agencies involved in the identification, investigation, and prosecution of major drug trafficking organizations.

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