Whitestone man pleads guilty to failing to pay $335K in taxes


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of the Nassau County district attorney’s office

A Whitestone man has confessed to duping the state out of $335,000 in taxes, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said. Joseph Caraccia, 65, who owns two Great Neck auto body repair shops, pleaded guilty last week to larceny charges for collecting but failing to remit taxes between 2009 and 2012.

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Up in smoke: Year-long investigation busts cigarette ring


| mchan@queenscourier.com


Five Queens residents busted last Friday in the illegal trafficking of untaxed cigarettes allegedly evaded paying $3 million in taxes, the Nassau County District Attorney said. Duan Jun Zhang, 38, of Elmhurst; Fei Yin, 24, of Bayside; and Flushing residents Maerong Gao, 57; Wai Ming Lui, 46; and Sauha Candy Lam, 35, were arrested July […]

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Political Bites


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● Francisco Moya, who is running for Assembly District 39 in the Democratic primary against former State Senator Hiram Monserrate, received the endorsement of current state Attorney General and Democratic candidate for Governor Andrew Cuomo. Moya is only the second candidate Cuomo has endorsed during this campaign season. 
“I am proud to support one of […]

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POLITICAL BITES


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The New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV) announced their endorsement of Frank Padavan for State Senate in the 11th District. NYLCV is New York’s leading environmental advocacy and education organization. “Throughout his tenure in the State Senate, Frank Padavan has been focused on results, not rhetoric,” said Marcia Bystryn, NYLCV’s president. “He has fought […]

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Political Bites column


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● The Queens County Democratic Organization and dozens of elected officials and community leaders endorsed Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice for Attorney General on the steps of Queens Borough Hall. The event was led by Queens County Chair and Congressmember Joseph Crowley and attended by elected officials and community leaders from across the borough. […]

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POLITICAL BITES


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The New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV) announced their endorsement of Frank Padavan for State Senate in the 11th District. NYLCV is New York’s leading environmental advocacy and education organization. “Throughout his tenure in the State Senate, Frank Padavan has been focused on results, not rhetoric,” said Marcia Bystryn, NYLCV’s president. “He has fought […]

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Counterfeit Cigarette Ring Busted


| tcimino@queenscourier.com


Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown (center), joined by Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice (left) and Nassau County Police Department Commissioner Lawrence W. Mulvey (right), announced that three alleged members of a Queens-based counterfeit cigarette ring have been arrested and nearly 58,000 cartons of illegal, untaxed cigarettes and $325,000 in cash have been seized […]

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