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Tax Cheat Rap Sheet:
Week ending May 25, 2007

Criminal_5 What do a California businessman, a Michigan gambler and a former museum administrator in Massachusetts have in common?

They make this week's list of folks facing tax troubles.

Let's go West to East, meaning we start with Robert Gene Cable of La Crescenta, Calif. The 75-year-old former owner of Enmark Aerospace in Valencia pleaded guilty this week in federal court to conspiracy to "impede, impair, obstruct and defeat the lawful functions of the Internal Revenue Service."

Moving on the Michigan, we find a gambler whose luck ran out when he, according to federal charges, filed false reports to avoid paying his full tax bill on more than $3 million in casino winnings. Christopher Aaron, 47, of Ortonville, Mich., could face up to five years in prison if convicted.

And in Osterville, Mass., we find John S. Carter, 57, who was charged with tax evasion and defrauding the maritime museum where he previously served as president out of more than $1.5 million. Carter served 17 years as head of the Independence Seaport Museum. Federal officials allege that between 1997 and 2006, he used the museum as his "personal piggy bank" to buy boats, artwork, jewelry, electronics, upscale clothing and high-end housewares.

And with that, it's time to sail off into the weekend.

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