Tax-evaders face sentencing
But Browns say they will not be in court
By Margot Sanger-Katz
Ed and Elaine Brown could face more than seven and six years in prison each if the judge agrees with prosecutors' recommendations at the couple's sentencing hearings today in federal court.
The Browns were convicted in January of conspiring to defraud the government, conspiring to disguise large financial transactions and disguising large financial transactions to avoid reporting requirements. Elaine Brown, whose West Lebanon dental practice generated the couple's income, was also convicted of multiple counts of tax evasion and failure to withhold employment taxes.
At trial, the couple admitted that they did not pay any income taxes for more than 10 years, but they claimed that there was no law that made them liable for the taxes.
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