ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- The owner of Nyack Taxi and A-One Transportation, along with three of his employees, were indicted Thursday for bilking thousands of taxpayer dollars, according to Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe.
Angel Henriquez of Garnerville was charged with two counts of felony criminal tax fraud, two counts of felony grand larceny and two counts of felony falsifying business records, Zugibe said.
Henriquez was indicted for underreporting his income to the state in 2013 and 2014 by more than $10,000, he added.
He was also indicted for filing false personal income tax returns and stealing thousands of dollars in the form of tax refunds from the state, Zugibe said.
“This is the type of crime that makes every taxpayer a victim because the government and the public are cheated out of money to fund vital programs, services, and infrastructure," said Zugibe.
Henriquez and A-One Transportation were also indicted for failing to have Worker’s Compensation and Unemployment insurance for employees, the DA's Office said.
In a related count, Henriquez was indicted for offering a false instrument for allegedly filing a document with the state Worker’s Compensation Board falsely claiming that A-One Transportation had no employees.
In a separate alleged scheme, Henriquez and his wife, Karolina Diaz De Henriquez were indicted for filing three false documents which understated Angel Henriquez’s income allowing the defendants to receive more than $25,000 in Medicaid benefits, the DA said.
The charges include welfare fraud and three counts of felony falsifying business records.
Additionally, Henriquez’s business associate, Richard Morel, also of Garnerville, was indicted for underreporting his income to the state Department of Taxation and Finance in 2013 and 2014 by more than $12,000.
Morel was also indicted for filing false personal income tax returns and stealing thousands of dollars in the form of tax refunds from the state. He was indicted on two counts of felony criminal tax fraud, two count of felony grand larceny, and two counts of felony falsifying business records, the DA's Office said.
Also charged was James Simpson of West Haverstraw, for stealing from the Rockland Department of Social Services. Simpson, who was employed as a driver with Nyack Taxi/A-One Transportation, is charged with filing false documents which understated his income and receiving over $8,000 in Medicaid benefits to which he was not entitled, Zugibe said.
The defendants face a maximum of seven years in prison if convicted.
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