Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that Stephen Baldwin (DOB 05/16/66) of Upper Grandview, New York pled guilty to one count of Repeated Failure to File Personal Income Tax Returns, a class “E” Felony.
Baldwin failed to file New York State Personal Income Tax Returns for years 2008, 2009 and 2010.
In total, the defendant’s tax liability to the State of New York, including penalties and interest, was more than $350,000.
District Attorney Zugibe said, “This defendant withheld taxes that he was legally obligated to pay as a New York State resident. Individuals who attempt to steal from the public are stealing from the pockets of every New Yorker. Regardless of social status or income level, my office is committed to pursuing criminals who purposefully cheat the government and law-abiding taxpayers.”
The defendant has already repaid $100,000 in actual restitution to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.
As part of the plea agreement, Baldwin has agreed to pay an additional $300,000 in restitution by the date of sentencing. Upon making full restitution, the defendant will be sentenced to a conditional discharge.
If the defendant fails to make full restitution by sentencing, he will receive five years’ probation, and the outstanding payments will be monitored by the New York State Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives.
Baldwin’s arrest was the result of an investigation conducted by the Rockland County Special Investigations Unit and the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.
Next court date is July 19, 2013.
The New York State Tax Department offers programs such as the Voluntary Disclosure and Compliance Program to encourage delinquent taxpayers to become compliant without facing criminal prosecution or civil penalty.
Supervising Senior Assistant District Attorney Anthony Dellicarri prosecuted the case.