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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

New Hartford Businessman Pleads Guilty To Filing False Tax Returns

Unreported Income Requires Him to Now Pay More Than $250,000 in Back Taxes

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Dino Tucciarone, 57, of New Hartford, New York, pled guilty today to filing a false federal income tax return, announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian.

As part of his guilty plea, Tucciarone admitted that he owned and operated Disaster Services, Inc. in New Hartford, New York and earned substantial income over and above what he reported on his personal federal income tax returns. The defendant admitted that he made material misrepresentations in his tax returns by substantially under reporting his income and tax liability for the years 2007, 2008 and 2009. The unreported income resulted in additional tax due and owing to the IRS totaling more than $250,000.00.

At sentencing, Tucciarone faces a maximum sentence of 3 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release of at least 1 year. As part of his guilty plea, Tucciarone also agreed to pay restitution to the Internal Revenue Service for all back taxes due for tax years 2007 through 2009 as well as payment of all accrued penalties and interest. A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors. Sentencing is scheduled for September 15, 2016.

This prosecution resulted from an investigation conducted by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division, Syracuse, New York. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ransom P. Reynolds.

Topic(s): 
Tax
Updated May 18, 2016