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W.Va. doctor faces tax charges

February 06, 1997

By CLYDE FORD

Staff Writer, Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Ranson, W.Va., physician facing charges stemming from a probe last year over whether she was practicing without a license faces more legal trouble after being charged Tuesday with seven tax charges.

Dr. Ardyce R. Carlson Bull, 43, who ran her practice from an office at 205 E. 5th St., was being held on $35,000 bond at the Eastern Regional Jail.

She was taken into custody on Jan. 29 on a warrant for failure to appear in court on Dec. 3 on an earlier charge of obstructing justice. The obstruction charge stemmed from an August 1996 search of her office by police, who alleged she took paper work out with her when she asked to leave.

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On Tuesday, she was served with six counts of attempting to evade state taxes and one count of failure to pay withholding taxes.

Her preliminary hearing on the tax charges was set for Feb. 14 in Jefferson County Magistrate Court.

According to charging documents, Bull owed more than $1,233 in taxes.

Bull had an active family practice in Ranson before the police raided her office. Her medical license had expired on June 30, 1996, and she had not renewed it, according to court records.

Physicians in West Virginia are required to renew their licenses every two years.

She also is awaiting trial on an assault charge from Feb. 12, 1996. Bull's dog was ordered to attack a man from Potomac Edison who arrived on her farm to read the electric meter, according to allegations contained in court records.

In August, she was evicted from the farm on Leetown Road for allegedly failing to pay rent.

Under the court order, her property was seized and put into a storage facility, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

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