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Tax Cheat Skips Jail, Dead Father Blamed for Corrupting Him

  • Peter Canale is sentenced to three years' community service
  • Judge says father's will directed Canale to beat the IRS
Zurich is home to many private Swiss banks.

Zurich is home to many private Swiss banks.

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A retired optician who used Swiss bank accounts to dodge hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes was spared prison, as the judge blamed the defendant’s late father for directing him to cheat in his will.

U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest, sentencing him Thursday in Manhattan federal court to three years of community service, told Peter Canale, 62, that "no parent should do to their children what your father did to you."