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Man imprisoned for sex assault pleads guilty to tax fraud

Posted at 9:33 AM, Jan 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-12 11:33:36-05

SEATTLE (AP) — Disgraced former Seattle area professional soccer player and team owner Dion Earl has pleaded guilty to federal tax fraud in a third criminal case for which he faces prison time.

The Seattle Times reports Earl was serving a 12-year prison term for two Arizona sexual assaults when he was sentenced in December to an additional 33 months after pleading guilty in a decade-old Kirkland, Washington rape case.

On Monday, Earl pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Seattle in the almost $1.1 million tax fraud case as part of a deal. Federal prosecutors will recommend one year in prison and $695,000 in restitution. Earl said the fraud scheme involved car dealerships where he’d worked.