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Boro businesses charged in tax evasion cases: DA

MIDDLE VILLAGE — Two Queens business owners have been charged in separate tax evasion cases for allegedly stealing more than $162,000 in unpaid sales tax combined, Queens DA Richard Brown said.

MSM Arrangement LLC, at 132-22 Springfield Blvd. in Springfield Gardens, and its owner, Maurice Letman, 34, were charged with second-degree larceny and third-degree criminal tax fraud for allegedly stealing more than $100,000 in sales tax, according to a criminal complaint filed by Brown.

Michael’s Automotive & Bodyworks, at 69-01 Metropolitan Ave. in Middle Village, along with its owner, Michelangelo Causi, 59, are facing charges that include second- and third-degree grand larceny, first-degree falsifying business records and third-degree criminal tax fraud for allegedly failing to pay $62,301 in taxes, the DA said.

If convicted, the defendants could face up to 15 years in prison and their corporations could be fined up to $10,000 or double the amount of the illegal gain.

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