D'angelo Pleads Guilty To 2 Counts
January 31, 2008 Madison, WI
Former Overture Center director Robert D'Angelo pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Madison to tax evasion and mail fraud for illegally running two private businesses from his city office.

37 other counts against D'Angelo were dropped. D'angelo was charged with running the businesses from his offices at Overture and its predecessor, the Madison Civic Center.

D'Angelo headed Madison's main arts venues for 15 years until his abrupt retirement in the face of sexual-harassment allegations in September 2005. None of the federal charges against D'Angelo relate to those allegations, which are under investigation by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

D'Angelo displayed little remorse during Thursday's hearing. In a scratchy voice, he acknowledged knowingly underreporting his income on federal tax returns. But he downplayed his use of city resources to run the two businesses.