Rochester Used Car Salesman Pleads Guilty to Evading Sales Tax

By WBNG News

Rochester Used Car Salesman Pleads Guilty to Evading Sales Tax

January 28, 2013 Updated Jan 28, 2013 at 3:14 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) New York State Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Thomas H. Mattox announced Monday that the owner of a Rochester used car sales and repair business pled guilty as charged to a one count indictment. 

According to a news release:

Peter Davidson, 54, of Irondequoit, is the owner and operator of Advance Auto, located at 139 Lyell Avenue, in Rochester.  He pled guilty to one count of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class C felony, and will be sentenced on May 20, 2013.  A class C felony is punishable by a maximum of 15 years in state prison.  Supreme Court Justice Thomas Moran has tentatively agreed to sentence Davidson to 6 months of shock incarceration, five years of probation, and restitution to the Department of Taxation and Finance.  

An investigation conducted by the Tax Department found that Davidson collected $126,000 in sales tax from $1.56 million in sales of vehicles and repairs between 2001 and 2009.   However, he did not file sales tax returns or remit the taxes, which are collected directly from customers.

“I commend Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley and Assistant District Attorney Mark Monaghan for their continuing commitment to prosecuting these cases,” said Commissioner Mattox.  “When the citizens of New York spend hard-earned money paying sales tax on their purchases, they expect that those funds are going to the State to pay for needed services, and not into the pockets of business owners.”

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