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Mario Winans Pleads Guilty to Tax Charges


Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Live NationMario Winans pleaded guilty in a Newark, New Jersey, federal court today, to intentionally failing to file tax returns on more than $2.8 million in income between 2008 to 2012, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. 

The 42-year-old Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter’s sentencing is set for January 24, 2017.

Court documents and statements provided noted that Winans “willfully failed to file tax returns” between 2008 to 2012, which resulted “in a tax loss of $434,968.”

Winans faces a maximum sentence of two years in prison and a $200,000 fine. The plea deal also requires that he pay restitution of $434,968 to the IRS. His bail was set at $250,000, with permission of his release pending sentencing set by the presiding judge, U.S. District Judge Esther Salas

The recording artist won a Grammy in 2006 for co-writing and producing the song “Pray,” which was performed by his aunt, Cece Winans.   

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