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Published December 11, 2009, 10:25 AM

Dickinson man asks for probation in tax fraud case

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Lawyers for a former Dickinson executive who pleaded guilty to nine felony counts of tax fraud are asking a judge to consider a sentence of home confinement and probation.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Lawyers for a former Dickinson executive who pleaded guilty to nine felony counts of tax fraud are asking a judge to consider a sentence of home confinement and probation.

Micheal Fisher, a former vice president and director of Fisher Sand & Gravel Co. Inc., is accused of spending company money on a new home, vacations, legal work, medical expenses and other bills. Prosecutors say the case involved about $630,000 in unpaid taxes.

A judge says federal sentencing guidelines call for a prison term between 37 and 46 months. Fisher's lawyers are asking for a minimum sentence of one year home confinement and three years probation, and a maximum term of two years in prison.

Fisher has agreed to pay back the government about $308,000. The corporation has agreed to pay the remainder of the tax bill.

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