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NY tax officials announce fraud, filing crackdowns

ALBANY (AP) — New York officials say seven tax preparers have been accused of filing fraudulent tax documents for clients while 14 people face charges for repeated failures to file returns.

The enforcement sweeps include two tax preparers in the Bronx, four in Nassau County and one in Westchester County.

In one of the larger cases, Nicholas Caputo of Ossining is accused of preparing false sales tax returns for the New York Firehouse Grille in Peekskill, understating gross receipts by $4.9 million so its sales taxes were reduced by $347,000.

Individuals charged include attorney John Buckheit, a member of the Orange County Board of Ethics who officials say has now filed returns. Calls to Caputo and Buckheit were not immediately returned Tuesday. A man identifying himself as an owner of the restaurant called the receipts figure “utterly unrealistic” and declined further comment.