Warner pleaded guilty in October to tax evasion and in January was
sentenced in U.S. District Court in Chicago to two years probation
and at least 500 hours community service that includes mentoring
high school students.
The U.S. government filed a "notice of appeal" to the United States
Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit over the January 15
sentencing order, according to court documents.
Prosecutors had argued that Warner, ranked as the 209th richest
American by Forbes magazine with a reported net worth of $2.6
billion in 2013, should be sentenced to time in prison. Federal
sentencing guidelines called for a prison sentence of up to five
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Warner agreed to pay a civil penalty of nearly $53.6 million.
Prosecutors had said Warner failed to report more than $24.4 million
in income and evaded nearly $5.6 million in federal taxes from
millions hidden in Swiss bank accounts.
Before Judge Charles Kocoras imposed the sentence, Warner told him
the crime was the "biggest mistake" of his life.
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Kocoras cited Warner's many acts of charity in choosing probation
over prison time and said society would be best served by allowing
his good works to continue.
A spokesman for Warner did not comment on the appeal, but said the
details of Warner's community service with the designated schools
were being worked out.
Court documents showed Warner Warner earned more than $3.1 million
in 2002 through investments held in his UBS account, but did not
tell his accountants and failed to report it on his tax returns.
(Additional reporting by David Bailey in Minneapolis;
editing by Jon Herskovitz and Grant McCool)
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