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NY gets business owner for sales tax fraud.

Posted by salestax on July 12, 2007

This is just an excerpt from a press realeased put forth by New York.  Click here to read about the rest of the NY taxes evaded and the people caught.   

“George A. Holt Jr., of Clinton Street in Buffalo, the former chairman of the Erie County Legislature, charged with tax fraud. He pled guilty in State Supreme Court to two misdemeanor counts of filing fraudulent sales tax reports for his Buffalo restaurant. As a condition of the plea, Holt paid $39,237.91 in sales tax, penalties and interest to New York State and Erie County.

Holt and his wife, Mattie, own and operate Mattie’s Texas Hots, located at 1410 Fillmore Ave., in Buffalo. At the onset of the investigation he was the chairman of the county legislature. As a result of his guilty plea, the county removed him from office, a job that paid $42,500.

An investigation led by the Tax Department’s Revenue Crimes Bureau determined that George Holt intentionally underreported the business’ taxable sales. Tax investigators executed a search warrant at the restaurant and recovered records of sales that Holt had previously claimed did not exist.  Auditors and investigators compared Holt’s reported sales to the records recovered from the warrant and found that Holt had willfully underreported his sales.

In addition to paying restitution to the Department, Holt was also sentenced to 100 hours of community service and fined.

The Tax Department’s case was investigated by Nancy Wilson and Kevin DiPirro.  The prosecution was conducted by Assistant District Attorney James Auricchio of the Erie County District Attorney’s office.”


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