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.

Defense attorney Patrick McLaughlin said the plea reflected a formal step by Kramer to accept responsibility for the crimes he was charged with. He said earlier that Kramer had spent a career fighting housing discrimination.

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