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Probation received for dog assault of IRS officer

• Worker tried to post summons on woman's door.

Posted: April 2, 2008 12:44 a.m.
Updated: June 3, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 
A Santa Clarita woman was sentenced to two years probation on Monday for unleashing her two dogs on an Internal Revenue Service worker who came to her door last year.

Lisa Hriczo Blechman, 47, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of assaulting a federal officer. Last October, she unleashed her two dogs, including a pit bull, on IRS employee Ruth Seidman, who attempted to post a summons on Blechman's home.

The summons was in connection with an IRS audit of a business operated by Blechman's husband, Gregg.

According to prosecutors, while she was not harmed or attacked, Seidman was frightened by the dogs.

Blechman's attorney, deputy federal public defender Kimberly Savo, argued that the dogs were harmless and the pit bull suffered from arthritis.

Savo also argued that Seidman did not have authority to place the summons on Blechman's property since Gregg Blechman gave power attorney to his accountants during the IRS audit.


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