Gene Haas Pleads Guilty

Will pay more than $70 million

Yesterday Gene Haas, owner of Oxnard-based Haas Automation, pled guilty to defrauding the government of more than $34 million in taxes, as reported by AP. He has agreed to pay a fine, back taxes and interests totaling more than $70 million, the U.S. Attorney's office said.

Haas was scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 5. Prosecutors recommended he serve two years in federal prison and six months probation, according to his plea agreement.

Four others have pleaded guilty in connection to the scheme and are scheduled to be sentenced next year. They include Haas Automation's former general manager, Denis Dupuis, of Newbury Park; and a former salesman, Robert Cable. The remaining defendants were Charles Todd and Kenneth Greene.

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