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Appeal seeks prison time for Beanie Babies creator

Ty Warner began Beanie Babies.

Ty Warner began Beanie Babies.

CHICAGO — The Justice Department Thursday appealed the sentence of H. Ty Warner, the billionaire creator of Beanie Babies plush toys who received probation, not prison, for evading taxes on money hidden in a Swiss bank account.

Warner faced 46 months to 57 months in prison under nonbinding guidelines when he was sentenced Jan. 14 by US District Judge Charles Kocoras in Chicago. Prosecutors asked the US Court of Appeals in Chicago to review his sentence of two years of probation and 500 hours of community service.

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Warner, founder of toy maker Ty Inc. and Ty Warner Hotels & Resorts, pleaded guilty to evading almost $5.6 million in taxes.

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