Talk-show host Louie Free gets probation, fined $5,000

CLEVELAND — Louie B. Free, the self-employed radio talk show host, was sentenced today to two years’ probation, with the first six months under electronically monitored house arrest, granted work-release privileges, and fined $5,000 for failing to file federal income tax returns for three years.

U.S. Magistrate James S. Gallas imposed the sentence on Free, 57, of Boardman, whose real name is Louis A. Wolk. He must pay any money he owes to the Internal Revenue Service.

Free had earlier pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor counts of failing to file for 2004, 2005 and 2006, when he earned $74,150, $46,810 and $17,945, respectively.

Free is the host of “Brainfood from the Heartland” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, on WGFT-AM 1330.

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