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January 17, 2013

           GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – Thomas Lee Earl, 37, of Charlotte, pled guilty to tax
evasion, U.S. Attorney Patrick Miles announced today. Earl, owner of Earl’s Exterior Plus,
admitted that he had received substantial business income after a hail storm hit the greater
Lansing area in 2008. Earl hid that income from the IRS and filed a false tax return for 2009 that
underreported his income.

           U.S. Attorney Miles stated that “the United States Attorney’s Office will not hesitate to
bring to justice those individuals who choose to defraud the IRS by willfully understating their
income to avoid paying taxes. Such conduct is criminal and is unfair to honest citizens who pay
their taxes on a timely basis.”

           U.S. Attorney Miles was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge Erick
Martinez, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation. “It is important to remember,
especially during filing season, that there are serious consequences for intentionally failing to
report all of your income,” said Special Agent Martinez.

           Earl faces up to five years in prison. A date for sentencing has not yet been scheduled.


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