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Host of top Jewish radio show sentenced for tax evasion

(JTA) — The host of a New York radio show that bills itself as “America’s premier Jewish program” was sentenced to one year of probation and a $2,500 fine for not filing taxes. Zev Brenner, the founder, president and executive producer of Talkline Communications Network, and host of the program “Talkline with Zev Brenner,” was sentenced Tuesday, June 21 in Brooklyn federal court, the New York Daily News reported. Brenner pleaded guilty in February to failing to file his 2009 tax return. But prosecutors said he also neglected to file tax returns from 2003 through 2011, according to the Daily News. Brenner has already paid $63,764 to the IRS in restitution. “I stand here humiliated and cognizant of my failing for which I take full responsibility,” Brenner said in court. Brenner’s attorney, Gordon Mehler, said the radio personality was “overwhelmed” by handling his tax issues and left it in the hands of an accountant who failed to file the returns.

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