A 60-something couple pleaded guilty to tax fraud for failing to pay taxes or report money they earned, according to the Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler.
John Quick, 68, and his wife, Mary Quick, 63, both of the Town of Goshen, admitted Thursday that they had not only failed to file state personal income tax for 2012, but also failed to report money they had obtained from a developmentally disabled man that had been living in a barn on their property, the DA's Office said.
As part of the plea agreement, the Quicks will repay $35,783.67 to the developmentally disabled man.
The investigation into the Quicks began when the state police received a complaint that the developmentally disabled man living on the Quick’s property was asking neighbors for food, notwithstanding that he was receiving social security and disability income, the DA's Office said.
The man, who is no longer living on the Quick’s property, is now receiving assistance from Orange County Adult Protective Services.
The matter was initially presented to an Orange County grand jury, which charged the Quicks with crimes including grand larceny and endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person.
A subsequent investigation revealed that the Quicks had failed to properly report their income on New York State tax filings, including failing to report over $35,000 that they had received from the man.
Another Orange County grand jury charged the Quicks with crimes including criminal tax fraud and the cases were consolidated.
“I can’t overstate the importance of neighbors and other concerned citizens reporting crimes when they believe someone is being victimized,” said Hoovler. “I am grateful to the New York State Police for their work on this case, and for the work of Orange County Adult Protective Services in ensuring that this developmentally disabled man is now in a better situation.”
Each of the Quicks is scheduled to be sentenced on June 8.
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