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DUPUIS PLEADS GUILTY FORMER GENERAL MANAGER OF HAAS AUTOMATION CONSPIRED IN FRAUD.



Byline: BRAD A. GREENBERG Staff Writer

The former general manager of Haas Automation Founded in 1983, Haas Automation is one of the largest machine tool builders in the World. Haas Automation manufactures CNC vertical and horizontal machining centers, CNC lathes, rotary tables and 5C indexers. Haas Automation headquarters are in Oxnard, California.  pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiring with the Oxnard company's owner to defraud To make a Misrepresentation of an existing material fact, knowing it to be false or making it recklessly without regard to whether it is true or false, intending for someone to rely on the misrepresentation and under circumstances in which such person does rely on it to his or  the government of $20 million in taxes, authorities said.

Denis Denis, king of Portugal: see Diniz.  Arthur Dupuis, 51, of Newbury Park is scheduled to be sentenced next January by U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder to up to five years in prison.

Dupuis is expected to testify against Gene Francis Haas, the company's owner and a prominent philanthropist, who pleaded not guilty last summer, Assistant U.S. Attorney Sandra R. Brown said.

``The government considers Mr. Dupuis a valuable witness because he is an insider and he has firsthand knowledge of what occurred,'' Brown said.

Prosecutors say Haas, Dupuis and a former company salesman, Robert Gene Cable, orchestrated or·ches·trate  
tr.v. or·ches·trat·ed, or·ches·trat·ing, or·ches·trates
1. To compose or arrange (music) for performance by an orchestra.

2.
 a bogus invoice scheme that enabled Haas Automation to deduct $37.5 million in false expenses during 2000 and 2001.

Haas devised the scheme after a federal judge ruled against him in a patent-infringement lawsuit that cost him $9 million, prosecutors allege.

Haas Automation maintained its owner's innocence Thursday.

``Those of us who know Gene and what kind of man he is remain confident that when these matters are finally cleared up, his innocence will be proven,'' company spokesman Peter Zierhut said.

``It is important to know that when the accounting irregularity A defect, failure, or mistake in a legal proceeding or lawsuit; a departure from a prescribed rule or regulation.

An irregularity is not an unlawful act, however, in certain instances, it is sufficiently serious to render a lawsuit invalid.
 surrounding this case was brought to the attention of Mr. Haas in 2003, Gene personally paid the tax that is the subject of the allegations, including interest. That fact speaks greatly of Mr. Haas' character.''

Haas, 54, of Camarillo, grew up in the San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley

Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills.
. After graduating from California State University, Northridge CSUN offers a variety of programs leading to bachelor's degrees in 61 fields and master's degrees in 42 fields. The university has over 150,000 alumni. It's also home to a summer musical theater/theater program known as TADW (TeenAge Drama Workshop) that leads teenagers through an , he founded Haas Automation in 1983 in Sun Valley.

It grew from a mom-and-pop manufacturer of rotary tables -- which are inserted into larger machines to hold metal parts to be perforated, sliced and drilled -- to a 1,000-employee company with revenues that topped $500 million last year.

A philanthropist, he has donated to CSUN's engineering college, home of the Gene Haas Gene Francis Haas (born November 12, 1952) is founder, president, and sole stockholder of Haas Automation, one of the world's leading CNC machine tool manufacturers. He also founded a NASCAR team.  Machine Design and Manufacturing Lab; to numerous junior colleges, including Pierce and Valley; and to numerous charities.

Since 2002, Haas also has donated more than $22 million to the Gene Haas Foundation, which has made more than $5 million in community grants, Zierhut said.

Days before Haas was arrested June 19, the United Way of Ventura County honored Haas Automation with its Roy Pinkerton Award for donating more than $260,000 -- half from the employees and half from their boss, Haas.

He and Cable, 73, of La Crescenta are set for trial Sept. 18.

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