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, the district attorney’s office said.
He awaits sentencing on May 22. Rice said Caraccia will be forced to pay off $335,000 in restitution to the state’s Department of Taxation and Finance (NYSDTF).
“When a company or an individual fails to remit taxes, it’s a crime against all New Yorkers,” Rice said.
The two shops are located at 275 East Shore Rd. and 300 East Shore Rd.
An unknown person tipped off the district attorney’s office, Rice said. The NYSDTF’s Nassau Criminal Investigations Division then found the tax discrepancies.
“By pocketing this money, Mr. Caraccia took funding away from services that any resident of Long Island or beyond could rely upon,” Rice said.