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April 1, 2015 -- Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore and New York State Department of Taxation and Finance Acting Commissioner Kenneth Adams announced today that Barry Shevit (DOB 05/09/48) of 282 Katonah Ave,, Katonah, NY, was arraigned on a Felony Complaint charging him with:

  • one count of Criminal Tax Fraud Third Degree, a class “D” Felony,
  • one count of Criminal Tax Fraud in the Fourth Degree, a class “E” Felony,
  • one count of Repeated Failure to File Personal Returns, a class “E” Felony.

“This time of year no one looks forward to paying their income taxes, but as citizens we do. By this defendant allegedly choosing not to file his, it only serves to increase the burden for the rest of us,” said District Attorney Janet DiFiore.  

“With the April 15 filing deadline fast approaching, this case acts as a reminder: if you choose to ignore your responsibilities when it comes to paying income taxes, you will be held accountable,” said Acting Commissioner Adams.

The tax fraud came to light during an investigation by the Westchester County District Attorneys office into the defendant’s consignment business.

The defendant failed to file Personal Income Tax returns for three consecutive years with New York State.

In 2011 the tax liability of $10,153, in 2012, there was a tax liability of $3,112 and a tax liability of $6,281 in 2013.

The total amount of the unpaid tax liability, including prior tax years is approximately $28,862. 

Shevit was arrested by investigators from the New York State Police.

He was released on his own recognizance.

The case was adjourned to June 22, 2015.

The defendant faces a maximum sentence of seven years in state prison.

Assistant District Attorney Nicole Gamble of the Economic Crimes Bureau is prosecuting the case.

 

 

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