State Cracks Down On White Collar Tax Dodgers

Attorney General Spitzer and state Department of Taxation and Finance Commissioner Arthur Roth today announced that felony tax evasion charges have been filed against 11 white collar professionals who repeatedly failed to file state personal income tax returns.

Those charged include computer website developers, physicians and attorneys with substantial incomes who did not file income tax returns for at least three years, and some for as many as seven consecutive years.

"Tax evasion is a crime that victimizes hardworking, honest New Yorkers who scrupulously meet their tax obligations," said Spitzer. "While we are willing to work constructively with anyone who experiences tax problems, we will prosecute those who routinely show contempt for the law."

Most of those charged with tax evasion failed to pay the difference between payroll tax withholdings, their quarterly estimated tax payments and their actual annual tax obligation.

Felony complaints against the defendants were filed in Albany Police Court on Wednesday, April 12. The defendants will be arraigned in Albany later this month.

Those charged with tax evasion are:

  • William Pennamacoor, podiatrist, Saratoga Springs. Failed to file for seven years. Average salary for the period, $70,100. Owed $21,443;
  • Julian Price, executive in leather manufacturing company, Hewlett. Failed to file for three years. Average salary for the period, $267,700. Owed $7,980;
  • Dennis Kehoe, newspaper pressman, Manhattan. Failed to file for four years. Average salary for the period, $95,000. Owed $9,112;
  • Peter Dente, physician, Brooklyn. Failed to file for five years. Average salary for the period, $194,700. Owed $39,679;
  • Jerrold Shenkman, attorney for health insurance company, Scarsdale. Failed to file for five years. Average salary for the period, $175,800. Owed $11,538;
  • Josephine Parades, physician, Manhattan. Failed to file for five years. Average salary for the period, $102,700. Owed $19,206;
  • Barbara Cherlin, nurse, Manhattan. Failed to file for five years. Average salary for the period, $71,100. Owed $9,851;
  • Lawrence Spencer, employed by New York City, Brooklyn. Failed to file for three years. Average salary over the period, $36,300. Owed $6,423;
  • Lesly Jean, computer website developer, Manhattan. Failed to file for six years. Average salary for the period, $97,800. Owed $42,953;
  • Sheldon Cantor, corporate vice president, Manhattan. Failed to file for four years. Average salary for the period, $226,600. Owed $36,064;
  • Alan Maltz, computer business, Staten Island. Failed to file for three years. Average salary for the period, $90,900. Owed $8,624.

Each of the defendants was charged with at least one count of failing to file a tax return for three consecutive years, a felony punishable by up to four years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.

The tax cases were referred to the Attorney General's office for prosecution by the state tax department. The matter is being handled by Assistant Attorney General Richard Ernst of the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau under the direction of bureau chief Janet Cohn.


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