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Former ADA pleads guilty to tax evasion

Rochester attorney Harvey J. Bunis, 62, recently pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of failing to pay state personal income taxes.

Bunis, who appeared before Acting Monroe County Court Judge Stephen T. Miller, was charged in January with four felony counts for failing to file income tax returns from 2002 through 2007. He also was charged with a misdemeanor for failing to file his 2008 income tax return.

Prior to his plea, Bunis filed the delinquent returns and paid more than $28,000 in taxes, penalty and interest to the state Department of Taxation and Finance which announced the conviction Wednesday.

In addition to privately practicing law during the period of his non-filing, Bunis had served as a part-time assistant district attorney in the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office until he resigned in June 2009.

Acting Tax Commissioner Jamie Woodward commended Monroe County District Attorney Michael C. Green for his aggressive prosecution of the case, according to a press release from the department.

The charges were filed as part of an ongoing initiative by the Tax Department to identify individuals who have failed to file and remit personal income taxes to the state.

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