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Former Wirth executive sentenced for submitting a false document to the IRS

November 2, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS—This week in federal court, a former executive at The Wirth Companies (“TWC”), a real estate development and management company, was sentenced for submitting a false document to the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”). United States District Judge Ann D. Montgomery sentenced Paul William Fox to three years of probation and 300 hours of community service. She also ordered him to pay $33,536 in restitution to the IRS. Fox, who was charged via an Information on December 1, 2011, pleaded guilty on December 22, 2011.

According to the Information, Fox submitted a fraudulent Form W-2 that did not report more than $2,000 in company-paid car payments that he received from his employer, TWC, for the year 2005. Fox knew that the company-paid car payments should have been included in his gross wages for 2005 and chose not to disclose it to the IRS. Fox admitted at his guilty plea hearing that this practice had gone on in other years as well, and he agreed to pay restitution to the IRS for all the years it happened, including penalties and interest.

This case was the result of an investigation by the IRS-Criminal Investigation Division. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney William J. Otteson.

Per U.S. Department of Justice policy, the U.S. Attorney’s Office is not allowed to provide the age and city of residence for defendants charged in criminal tax cases.

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