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The owner of a restaurant that operated out of the clubhouse at Beaver Island State Park collected nearly $57,000 in sales tax from customers for two years. However, he didn't pass those thousands on to New York State. Patrick Wirth, 28, of Grand Island, pleaded guilty to a felony count of criminal tax fraud in Erie County Court on June 14, 2019, the New York State D…

Crime

An Amherst man has become the first person arrested in Erie County for violating a five-year-old public health law regarding lead paint. But it's not his first brush with the law. Maxim Levin, 41, was arrested Tuesday on charges he continued to rent out an apartment where lead paint exposure was present. Last week, the Belarus native was sentenced to 21 months in …

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A Williamsville husband and wife each face time in prison after pleading guilty to charges related to the husband's medical practice. Shaheen Hassanali, 45, pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return, and her husband, Riyaz, 57, pleaded guilty to receiving and delivering misbranded drugs. The charge against Shaheen Hassanali carries a maximum penalty of three years …

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A local contractor who was sentenced to 16 months in prison in 2005 for what prosecutors called one of the largest home-improvement fraud cases in Western New York history is again in trouble with the law. A federal grand jury Monday returned a 15-count indictment charging Todd A. Cameron, 46, of Amherst, with filing false tax returns, as well as transporting and harbor…

A Niagara Falls woman will spend a year in jail following her conviction on filing false federal tax returns. LaTana McCain, 22, also was ordered to make restitution for the refunds she received in the scam. McCain was convicted Friday in U.S. District Court of conspiracy to defraud the government after being accused of fraudulently filing tax returns with the IRS fo…