STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – A Staten Island tax preparer who tried to bilk his clients and the government of $1.3 million is instead behind bars and on the hook himself for thousands of dollars.Tom Shin, 36, was sentenced Tuesday in Manhattan federal court to two years in prison and ordered to forfeit more than $335,000, authorities said.He is also subject to two years of supervised release stemming from his prior guilty plea to aiding the preparation of a false tax return and wire fraud, said officials. Authorities did not provide a street address for the defendant.Federal prosecutors said the scheme worked this way:Two unidentified individuals hired Shin to prepare their joint federal and state tax returns for 2017.Afterward, the defendant showed them completed tax returns which said they owed about $1.3 million in taxes to the government, said prosecutors.However, unbeknownst to the clients, Shin filed false tax returns on their behalf indicating they owed no taxes, authorities … [Read more...] about Staten Island tax preparer bilked clients of $1.3M. Now he pays the price.
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New Yorkers sent a strong rebuke to President Trump on Thursday, as they booted out incumbent Republican Rep. Dan Donovan in favor of an Afghan war vet despite the commander-in-chief’s desperate robocalls to keep the incumbent in office. Voters in the normally red 11th Congressional district on Staten Island and in south Brooklyn gave the upset to Democrat Max Rose, who topped the former Staten Island District Attorney 52 to 48 percent, with 92 percent of precincts reporting. Donovan conceded just after 10 p.m. — thereby giving Democrats a long-shot flipped seat victory in their quest to retake the House of Representatives. Donovan was elected to one full term on Trump’s coattails in 2016 after first reaching Congress in a 2015 special election to replace disgraced former Congressman Michael Grimm. In both of his victories, Donovan won by roughly 20 percentage points. His loss comes even after Trump threw his weight into the battle for NY11, which also includes parts … [Read more...] about Democrat upsets incumbent Dan Donovan to win Staten Island House seat
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Tuesday is Primary Day for Staten Island's congressional race. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Here's what you need to know: DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY Six candidates are on the Democratic ticket: Michael DeVito Jr., a Westerleigh resident, U.S. Marine veteran and not-for-profit executive who used to work with at-risk Island youth. Zach Emig, a Tompkinsville bond trader who campaigns on promising to impeach President Donald Trump. Radhakrishna Mohan, a South Shore community activist and union leader. Max Rose, a St. George resident and U.S. Army combat veteran who worked as chief of staff at BrightPoint Health as well as an aide to the late Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson. Paul Sperling, a 25-year-old Tottenville resident who works in real estate. Omar Vaid, a Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, resident who worked in television production. Dan Donovan vs. Michael Grimm: Staten Island's heated GOP Congressional Primary REPUBLICAN … [Read more...] about Primary Day 2018: Voters’ guide to Staten Island’s congressional race
David Weigel, The Washington Post Published 7:46 am, Saturday, June 23, 2018 Photo: Washington Post Photo By David Weigel Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Michael Grimm, left, a GOP candidate for Congress, in Staten Island on last week. Michael Grimm, left, a GOP candidate for Congress, in Staten Island on last week. Photo: Washington Post Photo By David Weigel Should a felon serve in the House? That's the question for Staten Island Republicans 1 / 1 Back to Gallery NEW YORK - It's not just President Donald Trump who argues he's the victim of a law enforcement witch hunt. That's the premise of Michael Grimm's campaign to reclaim his old job representing a House district on Staten Island. Three years after he went to prison after pleading guilty to tax fraud, Grimm is taking on Republican incumbent Dan … [Read more...] about Should a felon serve in the House? That’s the question for Staten Island Republicans
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the addition of Staten Islander Allen Cappelli to the long-awaited property tax advisory committee on Friday evening. The announcement comes after harsh criticism from Staten Islanders, who have one of the highest effective property tax rates of the five boroughs and pay higher taxes than residents throughout the city, that the borough would not have representation. Cappelli, who served as a Metropolitan Transportation Authority board member and Civil Service Commission member, said he's always "fought like heck" for Staten Island, while also being fair to the entire region. "I believe that's all people want,'' Cappelli told the Advance. "Let's have people treated equitably, equally and I will endeavor to do that in this exciting new position. I appreciate the opportunity to serve my community and my city and let's see where this takes us." Cappelli was also added to the City Planning Commission last month. "The … [Read more...] about Exclusive: Staten Islander Allen Cappelli added to mayor’s property tax commission