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Ohio fair-housing lawyer admits guilt in tax case

CLEVELAND (AP) — A fair-housing advocate in Cleveland has pleaded guilty to ducking taxes on $500,000 in income and keeping $80,000 in federal taxes withheld from employees.

Sixty-two-year-old Edward Kramer, the longtime director of Housing Advocates Inc., pleaded guilty Wednesday in Cleveland federal court to 10 counts.

The government says he underreported income in 2007 and 2008, failed to file returns for 2009 and 2010 and kept employee tax withholdings over a 21-month period.

He will be sentenced Sept. 13.

There was no immediate comment from his attorney, who has said previously that Kramer spent a career fighting housing discrimination and regrets his current situation.

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