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Former director of Tri-County Action Commission pleads not guilty

Sixty-year-old West Union Township resident Denise Birt pleaded not guilty on Friday, July 15 in relation to charges that she mismanaged the organization’s fund. Birt is the former director of the Tri-County Action Commission, a non-profit organization that provides services to people living in Logan, Champaign, and Shelby counties.

Birt’s five-count indictment includes three third-degree felonies – securing writings by deception, falsification, and theft – a fourth-degree felony count of theft, and misdemeanor charge of tampering with records. David Thomas, Birt’s defense attorney from Columbus, said imprisoning her was uncalled for. He noted, “It came as a complete surprise to us because we’ve been in communication with the Logan County Prosecutor’s Office, yet for some reason, they found it necessary to issue a secret indictment and a warrant to arrest a woman who is 60 years old and has no criminal record. She’s cooperated with the prosecutor’s office so far and there’s no reason to believe she will not continue to do so.”

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Beanie Babies founder could be jailed for tax evasion

Sixty-nine-year-old Beanie Babies creator H. Ty Warner pleaded guilty to tax evasion charges on Tuesday, January 14 in a Chicago, Illinois federal court room for evading $25 million in taxes on income that he kept in Swiss national bank accounts.

Warner is facing up to five years of imprisonment. He joins the list of high-profile targets the federal government is concentrating on in its bid to find Americans who try to hide income from the Internal Revenue Service, mostly by hiding their assets abroad, particularly in Switzerland.

Warner was reported to have a hidden offshore account in Switzerland that he started in 1996 with the financial services firm UBS, earning $3.1 million in gross income in 2002 through the account, which he failed to report to the IRS.

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