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July 2, 2015 --  Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that a third individual had been charged in conjunction with an investigation into the defrauding of the City of Yonkers for public school transportation services.

In this case, Bianca Rodriguez, (DOB 07/08/73) of 50 Chestnut Street, Yonkers New York was arraigned on a seven-count Felony Complaint charging her with:

  • one count of Criminal Tax Fraud in the Third Degree, a class “D” Felony,
  • two counts of Criminal Tax Fraud in the Fourth Degree, class “E” Felonies,
  • four counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing, class “E” Felonies.

“As part of an internal investigation by the City of Yonkers Inspector General, the allegations outlined in the Complaint against this defendant, once again show how this type of illegal behavior isn’t stealing from some faceless government entity, but directly deprives the citizens and taxpayers of Yonkers the services for which they have paid,” said District Attorney Janet DiFiore.

From 2011 to 2014 tax reporting years, the defendant, who co-owns F&B Car Service of 192 Nepperhan Avenue in Yonkers, falsified her New York State personal tax returns and essentially didn't pay her full personal tax liability during those years.  

F&B Car Service had a contract with the City of Yonkers and provided taxis to transport students to and from schools. She deposited checks from the City of Yonkers intended for F&B in her personal bank account, under reporting her income for tax purposes.

For the tax years of 2012, 2013 and 2014, she failed to pay New York State a total of $24,456.

For the tax years of 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 she under reported her gross income to New York State Tax by a total of $402,357.

As the Yonkers Inspector General was following up on an internal audit by the Board of Education regarding this defendant, further irregularities emerged as to billing and payment in the Transportation Office, leading to the charges against William Ahern and Anna Sollozzo.

William Ahern (DOB 05/01/56) of 28 High Street, Armonk, New York was arraigned on April 30 by Felony Complaint charging him with:

  • one count Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class “C” Felony,
  • one count of Rewarding Official Misconduct in the Second Degree, a class “E” Felony,

Anna Sollozzo (DOB 05/06/62) of 101 Highland Avenue, Yonkers, New York was also arraigned on April 30 by Felony Complaint charging her with:

  • one count Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class “C” Felony,
  • one count of Criminal Tax Fraud in the Third Degree, a class ”D” Felony,
  • one count of Receiving Reward for Official Misconduct in the Second Degree, a class “E” Felony,
  • three counts of Criminal Tax Fraud in the Fourth Degree, class “E” Felonies,
  • three counts of Offering a False instrument for Filing in the First Degree, class “E” Felonies.

Their cases are pending.

The defendant was arrested by detectives from the Yonkers police department.

The New York State Department Taxation and Finance assisted in the investigation.

Bail was set at $5,000.

Her next court appearance will be on August 11, 2015.

She faces a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.

Assistant District Attorney Stephen Ronco of the Public Integrity Bureau is prosecuting the case.

 

Bianca Rodriguez

Bianca Rodriguez

 

In compliance with Disciplinary Rule 7-107A of the Code of Professional Responsibility, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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