A Howard Beach man and his Ridgewood auto body shop have been charged after failing to pay more than $100,000 in collectible tax revenue, District Richard Brown said.
“According to the charges, the defendant and auto body business underreported $1,253,767.44 of taxable income over a three-year period,” Brown said. “Tax fraud doesn’t just cheat the city and state out of much-needed revenue, it makes every New Yorker a victim by denying funding for essential public services.”
Alfred D’Andrea, 45, a Howard Beach resident and president of Triangle Auto Body Inc., was arraigned Tuesday in Queens Criminal Court , where he was charged, along with his business, with grand larceny, criminal tax fraud, falsifying business records, offering a false instrument for filing and scheme to defraud, according to prosecutors.
D’Andrea’s auto body shop, located on 79th Avenue, allegedly received about $1.9 million for auto body repairs from various insurance companies between March 2008 and February 2011. But he only claimed $664,235 in taxable repairs, underreporting more than $1,253,000, Brown said.
In total, $54,852.33 in additional tax revenue was owed to New York State and $53,906.07 to New York City local municipalities.