Plattsburgh Business Owners Charged with Stealing Over $65,000 in Sales Tax Remanded to Clinton County Jail; could face up to 15 years in state prison
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The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance announced today the arrest and jailing of two business owners for alleged sales tax fraud.
Guillaume Langevin, 31, and Steven Clement, 46, of 50 Spitfire Dr., Plattsburgh, were arrested and charged with Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, Criminal Tax Fraud in the Second Degree, and four counts of Criminal Tax Fraud in the Third Degree, all felonies.
They were arraigned by Justice Lawrence Cabana in the Town of Peru Court on February 26 and were remanded to the Clinton County jail on $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.
Langevin and Clement, both from Montreal, Quebec, are owners of GSM Nomad, an RV dealership in Plattsburgh. An investigation by the Tax Department's Criminal Investigations Division showed the business owners failed to file quarterly sales tax returns in 2012 and 2013, and failed to turn over more than $65,000 in collected sales taxes to the State as required by law.
If convicted they face up to 15 years in state prison. The case will be prosecuted by the Clinton County District Attorney's Office. A criminal complaint is an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Each year, New York State businesses collect more than $25 billion in sales tax from their customers. The vast majority of the funds (97%) are remitted voluntarily by businesses to the Tax Department for state programs and distribution to local governments.
Taxpayers who believe a business hasn't collected the proper sales tax, or has collected it but failed to remit the funds, can report tax evasion and fraud online at the Tax Department's Web site or by calling 518-457-0578. The information is kept confidential.