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PE Billionaire Smith to Testify Against Lawyer in Tax Case

  • Vista Equity founder admitted hiding $200 million from IRS
  • He says he paid lawyer Carlos Kepke, who goes on trial Nov. 28
Robert Smith

Robert Smith

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Private equity billionaire Robert F. Smith is expected to testify for the prosecution at the trial of the lawyer who allegedly helped him evade taxes over a decade.

Vista Equity Partners founder Smith was on a list of witnesses Justice Department lawyers filed Monday in federal court in San Francisco ahead of the Nov. 28 trial of Houston trust lawyer Carlos Kepke. The 83-year-old Kepke has pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy and aiding in the preparation of false tax returns by Smith.