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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.
A husband and wife from Larchmont today pled guilty to Grand Larceny and Repeated Failure to File Tax Returns.
As part of their plea, 48 year old Denise McDonald and 54 year old Christopher McDonald who own three businesses in Larchmont and Rye agreed to pay back the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance $542,066 in unpaid State sales tax money.
Prosecutors say over a period of eleven years, between 1998 and 2009, the McDonalds collected State sales tax from customers but failed to remit the money to New York State.
Prosecutors say an attorney named in the bribery and corruption case of former Yonkers City Councilwoman Sandy Annabi today pleaded guilty to the charges in White Plains Federal Court.
Anthony Mangone pleaded guilty to conspiracy,bribery,extortion and tax evasion charges.
In January 2010, Mangone had been named in an indictment along with Annabi as well as the former head of the Yonkers Republican Party, Zehy Jereis.
A Scarsdale man has been arraigned in an eight count indictment charging him with Grand Larceny, Falsifying Business Records and Offering a False Instrument, among other things.
Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore says 46 year old Frank Schwall of 238 Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale was arraigned on the charges in connection with his company, "Big Apple Baseball, LLC," a state of the art indoor training facility for little league aged children, which he founded in 2006.
According to DiFiore, Schwall received investments from several high net worth Scarsdale residents who invested money in the company. Then, in October 2007, he allegedly diverted a majority of that money into his own bank accounts, leaving "Big Apple Baseball" insolvent.
Prosecutors say Schwall continued to solicit investors for another location in Port Chester after telling them he had invested $200,000 of his own money into the business. An additional $50,000 was reportedly raised which was then, DiFiore says, diverted into his own bank accounts to pay the mortgage on his house.
In the course of their investigation, prosecutors determined that Schwall did not claim $175,151 in income from Big Apple Baseball on his 2006 New York State income tax return and another $159,830 in 2007.
Schwall is being held on $10,000 bail. He's due back in court February 18, 2011. He faces a maximum of five to fifteen years in State prison if found guilty.
A couple from Larchmont has been arrested and charged with Repeated Failure to File Tax Returns and Grand Larceny. The Westchester District Attorney's office says 47 year old Denise MacDonald of 21 Jochum Avenue Larchmont and her husband, 53 year old Christopher MacDonald, same address, were arrested following a 12 month investigation by the D.A.'s office as well as the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance Special Investigations Unit.
The couple's businesses were named as well. They include, Wish Home Styles Inc., a home furnishing store with a sales location in Rye and an address of 1943 Palmer Avenue in Larchmont, Twinkle Toes Baby, Inc, a baby clothing store with two stores, one in Rye, one in Larchmont, and C.W.M. Horticultural Services Inc., a landscaping company. It's alleged that over a period of eleven years, from 1998 to 2009, the couple, who owned and operated the three businesses, collected New York State sales tax and failed to remit the money to New York State.
Officials say the couple also failed to remit personal income tax to New York State since 2004.
Westchester District Attorney Janet DiFiore says the combined larcenies from their failure to pay for their businesses and their personal income tax, are in excess of $500,000.Bail for Denise MacDonald was set at $10,000 cash, and $5,000 cash for Christopher MacDonald.
They face up to five to fifteen years in State prison if found guilty.
Both are due back in court September 28.
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