or an intensely private billionaire, one who had spent much of his adult life behind an impenetrable wall of plush, January 14 had to have been as agonizing as a bolt-up-in-bed naked-in-the-classroom night terror. Courthouse, the media and onlookers straining for a glimpse at the entrepreneur who has been called Chicago’s Howard Hughes. His eyes darted behind rose-colored lenses set in tortoise frames. His hands fumbled with a set of headphones provided to help him better hear the arguments on which rested the potential for an even more unthinkable indignity: prison. A few months earlier, in federal criminal court, Warner had wept as he pleaded guilty to that most clichéd of rich-people crimes: stashing millions (by the time he was caught, more than 0 million) in a Swiss bank account and lying about it to the Internal Revenue Service.
Yet, with no choice left him, there he stood, like a circus curiosity on full display, in the harsh fluorescence of a packed 23rd-floor courtroom in the Everett M. “He looks like he should be in a wax museum,” someone whispered. “This is a crime committed not out of necessity, but greed,” argued federal prosecutors in a sentencing memo to the judge.
If Warner was gloating on January 14, however, you couldn’t tell.
At hearing’s end, he thanked his lawyers, caught an elevator downstairs, and, without a word, ducked through a cold rain into a waiting limousine.
He further lauded Warner for already paying a civil penalty of million (which amounts to just 2 percent of the billionaire’s estimated net worth), plus back taxes. A few weeks later, the prosecution team, led by the U. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, Zach Fardon, filed a notice of appeal for a new sentencing hearing.
(At presstime, Fardon’s office was still awaiting approval from the Department of Justice.) But reversing the sentence of a federal judge is a long shot, so the mysterious man behind Banjo the Dog and Buzzie the Bee is likely to triumph.
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