Friday, January 12, 2018




Guilty pleas in Orange County tax cases

GOSHEN – The owner of a commercial cleaning company based in the Bronx and the own, who lives in Cornwall, both pled guilty to criminal tax fraud.

On Tuesday, Courtesy Maintenance, Inc. pled guilty before Orange County Court Judge Robert Freehill to the felony of criminal tax fraud for having underreported its income by just under $1.1 million, thus evading $188,579 in taxes.  As part of the plea agreement, the corporation and its owner will pay all of the outstanding taxes on or before March 8, the date the sentence will be imposed.

On Wednesday, January 10, the company owner, Alvaro Merino, 59, of Cornwall, pled guilty in Cornwall Town Court to criminal tax fraud and was sentenced to a conditional discharge.  The matter was referred to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office by the state Department of Taxation and finance, which had commenced the investigation into Merino and his company and their evasion of taxes.


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