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

Published: Fri, June 11, 2010 @ 2:30 p.m.

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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1author50(1121 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

Maybe JJ can pay Louie's fine as part of J's community service.

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2TylerDurden(367 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

Louie 'da Bum

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3TB(1167 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

$140000 over three years means no income tax? really paul?

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4UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

Once again just like JJ & Capri, the famous get off easy. If it were you or I, we would be spending a couple years in the slammer for not paying our taxes.

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5flbizconsultant(1 comment)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

If he was self-employed he would still have to pay self-employment tax, even in the low earning years where perhaps he would have no income tax. (for those unaware of tax law there are two taxes people pay when self-employed, income tax, and self-employment tax {social security and medicare tax }.

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6justonevoice(94 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

Agree with Unionforever - if this were just you or I, i'm thinkin' definite jail time. And as far Marcus57 "seems harsh/fundraiser" comment - when you're done helping Mr. Free pay HIS bills, maybe you can organize a fundraiser to help me pay some of MY bills. I've made way less than $140,000 over the last three years and i've managed to pay my taxes and I too am the head of my household with children to support.

Typical Mahoning County mentality....and the rich get richer.

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7TB(1167 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

Nice fallback USA. Way to ignore the post, you assuming ignoramus.

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