Beanie Babies creator defends probation sentence

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Beanie Babies creator defends probation sentence
FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2014 file photo, H. Ty Warner, the billionaire who created Beanie Babies, arrives at federal court for sentencing in Chicago. On Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago filed a notice appealing the sentence for Warner that included no prison time for hiding around $25 million from U.S. tax authorities. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles, File)
U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon speaks to reporters after the sentencing of Beanie Babies creator H. Ty Warner on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at the federal building in Chicago. Warner was sentenced to two years of probation, but no prison time, for tax evasion on $25 million in income he had in Swiss bank accounts. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles))
H. Ty Warner, center, the billionaire who created Beanie Babies, leaves federal court after being sentenced on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Chicago. Warner was given two years of probation, but no prison time, for tax evasion on $25 million in income he had stashed away in Swiss bank accounts. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)
H. Ty Warner, the billionaire who created Beanie Babies, gets into a car outside the federal building in Chicago, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, after being sentenced to two years of probation, but no prison time, for tax evasion on $25 million in income he had in Swiss bank accounts. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)
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CHICAGO (AP) - Lawyers for the billionaire creator of Beanie Babies say a federal judge didn't let him off too easily by giving him probation and no prison time for hiding at least $25 million from U.S. tax authorities in Swiss banks.

In a 57-page filing Thursday with the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, Ty Warner denies the judge in Chicago sent a message that there's a different standard for the wealthy.

That's the prosecutors' argument in their recent appeal asking for a do-over of Warner's sentencing. They want Warner to spend at least some time behind bars.

In sentencing him to two years of probation in January, Judge Charles Kocoras heaped praise on Warner for his charitable giving. Tuesday's filing echoes that, calling Warner "a self-made man with a generous heart."

Beanie Babies creator defends probation sentence
FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2014 file photo, H. Ty Warner, the billionaire who created Beanie Babies, arrives at federal court for sentencing in Chicago. On Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago filed a notice appealing the sentence for Warner that included no prison time for hiding around $25 million from U.S. tax authorities. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles, File)
Pile of Beanie Baby soft stuffed toys
green yellow red ty beanie baby close up
first generation 1993 Beanie Babies - Patti the Platypus by Ty Warner Inc.
first generation 1993 Beanie Babies - Squealer the Pig, by Ty Warner Inc.
first generation 1993 Beanie Babies - Chocolate the Moose, by Ty Warner Inc.
A rat Beanie Baby by Ty Warner Inc.
Trio of Ty jingle beanies for Christmas
Beanie Baby "Wiggly"
Kiwi Bird
Neon the Seahorse Beanie Baby. (Photo by Urbano Delvalle//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Pair of Beanie Baby bears, Pecan & Almond. (Photo by Urbano Delvalle//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Beanie Baby Bear By ty Soft Toy
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