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Strib: Up to 10 years for millionaire tax dodger

A federal jury in Minneapolis took only two hours Wednesday to find Robert Beale, the former millionaire CEO of Maple Grove-based Comtrol Corp., guilty on seven counts of tax evasion, conspiracy and fleeing authorities, the Star Tribune reported.

The eight-day trial in U.S. District Court featured more than 100 exhibits.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Timothy Rank and Michael Cheever argued that Beale tried to hide more than $5 million in income for which he should have paid $1.6 million in taxes.

Beale was originally charged in 2006 but fled court. He was captured 14 months later in Florida.

Beale acted as his own lawyer, repeatedly arguing the meaning of the U.S. Constitution and the enforcement of the tax code.

Beale's fiance, Mun Suk Kim, cried when the verdict was read and declined to comment.