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May 6, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Lauryn Hill was sentenced to three months in federal prison Monday for failing to pay taxes on an estimated $1.8 million in income. U.S. District Court Judge Madeline Cox Arleo handed down the sentence in Newark, N.J., ruling that the Grammy-winning singer would have to complete an additional three months under house arrest followed by nine months of supervised release and ordering her to pay a $60,000 fine, according to TMZ, the Associated...
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April 27, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
An albino variety of California kingsnake popular in the pet trade has infested the Canary Islands, decimating native bird, mammal and lizard species that have had no time to evolve evasive patterns in what was once a stable ecology northwest of Africa. Unchecked by natural predators, the kingsnake population has exploded, say U.S. Geological Survey biologists helping the Spanish archipelago attempt to control the highly adaptive and secretive predators. "The kingsnakes in question are from a species found in San Diego and bred in captivity," said Robert Fisher, a research biologist with the USGS.
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January 31, 1985 | H.G. REZA, Times Staff Writer
A PSA pilot who earned $273,953 from 1981-83 was arrested for allegedly evading more than $25,000 in state income taxes during that period. State officials said the man claimed that U.S. currency is "counterfeit," so he therefore had no legal money with which to pay his taxes. The case of Peter W. Sieber Jr., 50, was described by California Franchise Tax Board officials as the largest individual wage-earner evasion case in state history.
SPORTS
March 22, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Earlier this month a German court might have succeeded in doing what no soccer team in Europe has been able to do in quite some time, namely wound Bayern Munich. Whether the conviction of team President Uli Hoeness for tax evasion is simply a minor scratch or a mortal blow remains to be seen. But Hoeness' four-day trial, which captivated the country and embarrassed the team, couldn't have come at a worse time for Bayern, which is completing what may be the most dominant two-year stretch in club soccer history.
BUSINESS
September 9, 2009 | Tiffany Hsu
With its sparkling headquarters building in Torrance and global network of 300,000 distributors, Sunrider International seems to be a picture of entrepreneurial success -- right down to the gleaming red Rolls Royce in its lobby. The picture is all the more remarkable because the herbal-products company was put on the ropes by criminal charges against its owners and remains a target of critics who say many of its health products are of dubious value to consumers. "If the entire industry were to disappear overnight, it would have little impact on public health," said Dr. Stephen Barrett, who runs Quackwatch.
SPORTS
April 17, 1989 | From Times staff and wire service reports
Thomas Gioiosa, who once lived with Cincinnati Reds Manager Pete Rose and his family, pleaded innocent today to federal charges of tax evasion and conspiracy to distribute cocaine. U.S. Magistrate Robert Steinberg allowed Gioiosa, 31, to remain free on bond. If convicted, Gioiosa could face maximum penalties of 38 years in prison and $2 million in fines. The five-count federal indictment accuses Gioiosa of income-tax evasion for the years 1985 and '86, and charges that he conspired to arrange cocaine deliveries from Florida to Cincinnati between January, 1985, and January, 1987.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2009 | Andrew Blankstein
"Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis was arrested Monday afternoon after failing to appear for a hearing earlier in the day in a federal tax-evasion case. Francis was taken into custody when he reported to U.S. District Judge S. James Otero's courtroom about five hours late, according to officials with the U.S. Marshals Service. Last year, a grand jury in Reno accused Francis of two counts of tax evasion. He has pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors allege Francis claimed about $20 million in allegedly phony business expenses.
SPORTS
April 26, 1989
The judge who said last Friday that he thought there was a vendetta against Pete Rose said he would have no further comment until he sentences the Ohio bookmaker linked to the manager of the Cincinnati Reds. U.S. District Judge Carl B. Rubin said that the bookmaker, Ronald Peters, would be sentenced shortly after being convicted of cocaine trafficking and tax evasion.
NEWS
September 30, 1990
Instead of criticizing Saddam Hussein, Leona Helmsley would be better off concentrating on her own serious problems ("Stars, Stripes, Hype," Sept. 20). Besides, when did she become an expert on foreign affairs? I thought she was just an authority on tax evasion. KENNETH L. ZIMMERMAN Cypress
BUSINESS
July 14, 1987
In a hearing before U.S. District Judge William J. Rea, reputed organized crime figure Salvatore Pisello pleaded not guilty to three counts of income tax evasion. Bail was set at $50,000, with a jury trial set for Sept. 29.
BUSINESS
February 26, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- The chief executive of Credit Suisse told U.S. senators Wednesday it was "unacceptable" for Swiss banks to help Americans evade U.S. taxes and he regrets some of the firm's employees did so in the past. "We deeply regret that -- despite the industry-leading compliance measures we have put in place -- before 2009, some Credit Suisse private bankers appear to have violated U.S. law," Brady Dougan said in prepared remarks for a Senate subcommittee hearing into the bank's tax-evasion activities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
Fare evasion along the Metro Orange Line has fallen significantly since law enforcement began a more aggressive campaign to check passengers' fares and issue citations and warnings, authorities said Tuesday.  The ratio of passengers riding the San Fernando Valley busway for free fell to 7% and ticket misuse fell to 5% after more Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies began checking fares and doing it more frequently, officials said at...
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February 19, 2014 | By Jeremiah Dobruck
A Newport Beach contractor was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in federal prison for underreporting his income by about $2 million. The government lost out on roughly $300,000 in tax revenue as a result of Jeremy Scott Levine, 42, underreporting his income over a five-year period, according to the  Internal Revenue Service . U.S. District Judge Margaret M. Morrow ordered Levine, who owns Newport-based JSL Construction and Landscaping, to...
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January 29, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
More than one-quarter of passengers on the Metro Orange Line may be riding for free, according to the most extensive study to date of fare evasion along the San Fernando Valley bus line. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority staffers wrote in a new report that, based on two days of checks along the transit line, about 25.9% of passengers either did not have a valid fare or had not paid correctly before boarding. Officials called the discovery frustrating and unexpected.
BUSINESS
January 2, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
H. Ty Warner, the billionaire creator of the popular Beanie Babies toys, is urging a federal judge to sentence him to probation for tax evasion. The 69-year-old tycoon pleaded guilty to a single count of felony tax evasion in October, acknowledging that he failed to report millions of dollars of interest income from a secret Swiss bank account from 1999 to 2007. Warner was on a list of 285 names that Swiss banking giant UBS gave to the Justice Department in 2009 in an attempt to mitigate its own criminal liability in a massive U.S. crackdown on offshore tax evasion.
BUSINESS
September 18, 2013 | By Becky Yerak
CHICAGO - Ty Warner, the entrepreneur who became a billionaire creating Beanie Babies toys, has been charged with federal tax evasion and has agreed to pay a $53.5-million penalty, federal officials said. Warner was charged with failing to report income he earned in a secret offshore account he held with UBS, the financial services firm based in Switzerland, the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago said Wednesday. Warner's lawyer, Gregory Scandaglia, confirmed that Warner, the sole owner of Westmont, Ill.-based toy designer Ty Inc., reached an agreement to resolve an investigation into an overseas account he opened in 1996.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2008 | From the Associated Press
An appellate court has upheld Ronald Isley's 37-month federal prison sentence for tax evasion. The three-judge panel rejected the 66-year-old R&B singer's argument that his sentence was unreasonable due to his age, poor health and lack of proof that the federal prison system can provide him adequate healthcare. In its ruling, the appellate court said the trial judge was correct in sentencing and "best balanced the need to sanction Mr. Isley's 'pathological' tax evasion against the need to accommodate Mr. Isley's poor health."
NATIONAL
March 10, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Fur coats, designer gowns, plus dozens and dozens of pairs of Ferragamo shoes belonging to the late socialite and hotel owner Leona Helmsley are headed to the auction block. Nearly her entire wardrobe is to be auctioned off May 18 at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, a Chicago-based auction house. The collection includes the Chanel skirt suit that Helmsley wore when she began serving a sentence for tax evasion. Helmsley, who died in August at age 87, ordered that her property be sold and the proceeds donated to the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Rapper Fat Joe turned himself in Monday to serve a four-month prison sentence stemming for tax evasion. The "Lean Back"  rapper, whose real name is Joseph Cartagena, surrendered Monday, his attorney told Associated Press.   The 42-year-old pleaded guilty in December after failing to pay income taxes in 2007 and 2008 on income that totaled more than $1 million. PHOTOS: Celebrity mug shots He is being held at the Federal Detention Center in Miami, according to TMZ, and will have to pay a $15,000 fine and serve an additional year under supervised release.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
Lauryn Hill on Monday started serving a three-month prison sentence for three counts of misdemeanor tax evasion. "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" artist and former Fugee reported to the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Conn., a minimum-security prison where she'll live in dorm-style quarters and have a job (think food service, maintenance). After her three months are up, she'll spend three months in home confinement as part of a year on parole.  Hill was sentenced in May after pleading guilty last summer, admitting at the time that she intentionally failed to file tax returns in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
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