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Katonah Consignment Business Owner Charged With Failing To Pay State Taxes

A Katonah man was charged with failing to pay his state income taxes on Monday.
A Katonah man was charged with failing to pay his state income taxes on Monday. Photo Credit: File

KATONAH, N.Y. -- The owner of a consignment business in Katonah was charged with failing to pay his personal New York State taxes for three years on Wednesday, according to Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore.

Barry Shevit, 66, allegedly failed to pay $28,862 in personal income tax to New York State between 2011 and 2013, the district attorney said.

The alleged tax fraud came to light during an investigation by the Westchester County District Attorneys office into the defendant’s consignment business.

“This time of year no one looks forward to paying their income taxes, but as citizens we do," DiFiore said in a statement. "By this defendant allegedly choosing not to file his, it only serves to increase the burden for the rest of us."

Shevit was charged with third-degree criminal tax fraud, fourth-degree criminal tax fraud and repeated failure to file returns. He faces a maximum of seven years in prison if convicted.

Shevit is scheduled to appear in court again on June 22.

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