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May 2, 2014 --  Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore and New York State Department of Taxation and Finance Commissioner Thomas H. Mattox announced today that joint investigation by the Croton-on-Hudson Police, Westchester County District Attorney’s Office and New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, resulted in the arrest and charging of Anthony Congello, Jr. (DOB 02/15/88) of 10 Pennyfield Avenue, Bronx, New York.

The defendant was arraigned on a Felony Complaint that charged him with:

•    one count of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class “C” Felony,
•    two counts of Identity Theft in the First Degree, class “D” Felonies,
•    two counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, class “D” Felonies,
•    one count of Criminal Tax Fraud in the Fourth Degree, a class “E” Felony in New York State Tax Law.

The defendant is the nephew of the owner of Croton Country Gardens, a garden supply store in Croton. The defendant was helping his uncle keep an eye on the finances for the store and, in return, his uncle allowed the defendant to keep equipment from the defendant’s own landscaping business: Anthony's Landscape and Construction, at the store.

Between Aug. 27, 2012 through Jan. 8, 2014, the defendant began to steal from Croton Country Gardens.

He initiated an automated bank draft from the store’s account to pay a loan.

He cashed checks from the store’s account with his uncle’s forged signature on them. 

He made counter cash withdrawals using withdrawal slips with his uncle’s forged signature on them and he made unauthorized ATM withdraws using the store’s credit card at various Atlantic City casinos.

He charged large sums onto the store’s credit card to benefit his own business.

The approximate amount of the larceny is $140,658.

In addition to the above, the defendant failed to file his New York State personal income taxes for tax year 2012.

The defendant was arrested by the Croton-on-Hudson police.

His next court date will be on May 7, 2014.

He faces a maximum sentence of fifteen years in state prison.

Assistant District Attorney Robert Mayes of the Economic Crimes Bureau is prosecuting the case.

 

Anthony Congello

Anthony Congello

 

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LANDSCAPER CHARGED WITH GRAND LARCENY AND TAX FRAUD

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 2nd, 2014

Contact: Lucian Chalfen (914) 995-3586

 

  

Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore and New York State Department of Taxation and Finance Commissioner Thomas H. Mattox announced today that joint investigation by the Croton-on-Hudson Police, Westchester County District Attorney’s Office and New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, resulted in the arrest and charging of Anthony Congello, Jr. (DOB 02/15/88) of 10 Pennyfield Avenue, Bronx, New York.

 

The defendant was arraigned on a Felony Complaint that charged him with:

 

  • one count of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class “C” Felony,
  • two counts of Identity Theft in the First Degree, class “D” Felonies,
  • two counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, class “D” Felonies,
  • one count of Criminal Tax Fraud in the Fourth Degree, a class “E” Felony in New York State Tax Law.

 

The defendant is the nephew of the owner of Croton Country Gardens, a garden supply store in Croton. The defendant was helping his uncle keep an eye on the finances for the store and, in return, his uncle allowed the defendant to keep equipment from the defendant’s own landscaping business: Anthony's Landscape and Construction, at the store.

 

Between August 27, 2012 through January 8, 2014, the defendant began to steal from Croton Country Gardens.

 

He initiated an automated bank draft from the store’s account to pay a loan.

 

He cashed checks from the store’s account with his uncle’s forged signature on them. 

 

He made counter cash withdrawals using withdrawal slips with his uncle’s forged signature on them and he made unauthorized ATM withdraws using the store’s credit card at various Atlantic City casinos

 

He charged large sums onto the store’s credit card to benefit his own business.

 

The approximate amount of the larceny is $140,658.

 

In addition to the above, the defendant failed to file his New York State personal income taxes for tax year 2012.

 

The defendant was arrested by the Croton-on-Hudson police.

 

His next court date will be on May 7th, 2014.

 

He faces a maximum sentence of fifteen years in state prison.

 

Assistant District Attorney Robert Mayes of the Economic Crimes Bureau is prosecuting the case.