Wednesday, 31 March 2021 23:29

NY Officials Announce Convictions of Long Island Auto Repair Shops for Tax Evasion


...pleaded guilty to one count of criminal tax fraud in the third degree, a Class D felony.


Crespo, who has already paid $160,000 in restitution to the Tax Department to date, pleaded guilty to petit larceny, a Class A misdemeanor, and was sentenced to a three-year conditional discharge. As part of his sentence, Crespo must pay an additional $750,000 in restitution to the Tax Department. 


The OAG wishes to thank the Tax Department’s Criminal Investigations Division, as well as the New York state Department of Financial Services and the National Insurance Crime Bureau, for their valuable assistance in this investigation.


This case was investigated by Detective John Roman and Senior Auditor Dmitry Temis of the Auto Insurance Fraud Unit, under the direction of Supervising Detectives Edward Keegan and Natalie Shifrin and Deputy Chief Leonard D'Alessandro. The Investigations Bureau is led by Chief Oliver Pu-Folkes.


This case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Zoila Del Castillo of the Criminal Enforcement and Financial Crimes Bureau and Assistant Attorney General Cheryl J. Lee of the Poughkeepsie Regional Office, with the assistance of Deputy Supervising Analyst Jayleen Garcia and Supervising Legal Analyst Paul Strocko.


The Criminal Enforcement and Financial Crimes Bureau is led by Bureau Chief Stephanie Swenton and Deputy Bureau Chief Joseph G. D’Arrigo.


Both the Criminal Enforcement and Financial Crimes Bureau and the Investigations Bureau are part of the Division for Criminal Justice, led by Chief Deputy Attorney General José Maldonado


The Poughkeepsie Regional Office is led by Assistant Attorney General In-Charge Vinita Kamath, and is a part of the Division for Regional Affairs, which is led by Deputy Attorney General for Regional Affairs Jill Faber. Both the Division for Criminal Justice and Division for Regional Affairs are overseen by First Deputy Attorney General Jennifer Levy.


Source: New York State Office of the Attorney General


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