Bribes and handcuffs. Close-up shotOn September 23, 2016, Robert Fackler, the husband and now co-defendant of former Tax Court Judge Diane Kroupa, pleaded guilty to corruptly impeding the IRS, a felony that carries a maximum three-year prison sentence. It is unclear whether the plea agreement calls for Fackler to cooperate with the government’s prosecution of his wife. Considering that the indictment charged him with six felony counts, five or which will be dismissed under the plea agreement, chances are good that he has agreed to testify against his wife if she goes to trial. She now occupies the exceedingly uncomfortable sole defendant’s chair. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune has a good recitation of the facts of the case here.