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Three Arrested in Statewide Tax Cheat Sweep

Rice: Defendants collectively owe state more than $103K

MINEOLA, NY - Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced today that three people, including two certified public accountants, have been arrested in a statewide sweep targeting residents who have failed to file their state income taxes. The three defendants arrested today have cost the State of New York more than $103,000 in tax revenue.

The arrests came as part of a statewide sweep effort by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (NYSDTF) and local district attorneys. Since taking office in 2006, DA Rice’s office has prosecuted more than 120 cases of tax-related crimes.

“If you cheat on your taxes, we will find you, arrest you, and ensure that every dime you stole gets repaid to the honest taxpayers of this state,” Rice said. “My office will not tolerate thieves who think nothing of passing their tax burden off on the rest of us. I want to thank the State Department of Taxation and Finance for their tireless efforts in bringing these thefts to light.”

Arrested this morning was:

  • Norman Greene, 74, of Jericho. Greene is charged with Repeated Failure to File and Tax Fraud in the Fifth Degree after not filing state tax returns from 2002 to 2008 and costing the state $52,566 in tax revenue. Greene is a certified public accountant. He faces up to four years in prison if convicted and is due back in court March 8. He is represented by Barry Levin, Esq.
  • Isidore Hefter, 59, of Woodmere. Hefter is charged with Repeated Failure to File after not filing state tax returns from 2004 to 2006 and costing the state $25,740 in tax revenue. Hefter is a certified public accountant. He faces up to four years in prison if convicted and is due back in court March 1. He is represented by Harold Ruvoldt, Esq.
  • Vincent Robinette, 54, of Hicksville. Robinette is charged with Repeated Failure to File and Tax Fraud in the Fifth Degree after not filing state tax returns from 2004 to 2008 and costing the state $25,157 in tax revenue. He faces up to four years in prison if convicted and is due back in court March 1. He is represented by the Legal Aid Society of Nassau County.

“Since October 2009, we have initiated prosecutions of 68 individuals as part of this statewide collaborative enforcement project with district attorneys across the state,” said New York State Department of Taxation and Finance Acting Commissioner Jamie Woodward. “District Attorney Rice has been a key and enthusiastic participant in this project and we commend her, and her dedicated staff, for their aggressive pursuit of these tax cheats. Together, we are determined to end this pernicious form of tax evasion which costs honest New Yorkers hundreds of millions in lost tax revenue each year.”

Assistant District Attorney Jeremy Glicksman of the Economic Crimes Bureau is handling the cases for the District Attorney's Office.