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4 Westchester Residents Charged With Felony Tax Evasion
As part of Westchester's involvement in the statewide tax fraud initiative known as "Project Non-Filer," prosecutors along with the State Department of Taxation and Finance have arrested four Westchester residents for repeated failure to file taxes, costing the County and State an estimated $250,000.
Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore says those charged include 66 year old Andrew Summa of Port Chester with Criminal Tax Fraud and Repeated Failure to File Personal Income Tax Returns.
Officials say the college professor at the Graduate Insitute Inc. and Learning Collaborative Inc. was informed he was the subject of a criminal investigation for failing to pay taxes between 2004-2007. He has since paid his back taxes of $12,044.
Also charged was 56 year old Leslie Thompson who's facing felony charges of Criminal Tax Fraud and Repeated Failure to File Personal Income Tax Returns.Thompson is a former Vice President of a New York City-based commercial real estate firm. Officials allege she evaded taxes for the tax years of 2005, 2006 and 2007, failing to file in a timely manner in 2008 and 2009 and under-estimating her tax liability. Officials say she earned between $292,000 to $900,000 in those years and is liable for the unpaid or under-estimated taxes.
DiFiore says Charles and Christine Principato of Rye, a husband and wife, were charged with Criminal Tax Fraud and Repeated Failure to File Personal Income Tax Returns. They couple own and operate an informercial business. Officials say they owe more than $103,000 in back taxes.
Each of those charged face up to 4-7 years in state prison if convicted.
The investigations are part of a larger, statewide iniative known as "Project Non-Filer" being conducted by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.
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