PITTSBURGH—A convicted fraudster accused of avoiding $6 million in taxes and penalties associated with his earlier case can contact his longtime girlfriend despite her already pleading guilty in the case.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ( http://bit.ly/Sqa8ug) reports a federal judge in Pittsburgh granted Michael Carlow's request for bail modification on Thursday, meaning he can speak with longtime girlfriend Elizabeth Jones, who pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to defraud the IRS.

Carlow, of Upper St. Clair, was charged last year with failing to pay millions in taxes and penalties associated with a 1996 conviction in a $31 million check-kiting scheme.

In the latest case authorities say Carlow took control of several small businesses and put Jones in positions that allowed him to funnel income through her.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, http://pghtrib.com