Sheephead Bay Councilman Chaim Deutsch pleaded guilty on Thursday morning to tax fraud charges, admitting to developing thousands in taxes over three years – the result of an inaccurate tax return in 2016, where he took over from his real estate business Hid out of the proceeds, prosecutors said.
US Attorney Audrey Strauss said, “New York City Council member Chaim Deutsch today admitted that he had cheated the IRS regarding his real estate business.” “As an elected official and community leader, Deutsch had a special responsibility to follow the law. Instead, over a multi-year period, Deutsch hid his actual business income to avoid paying his fair share of taxes. ”
The 52-year-old confined councilmember, who represents Sheepshead Bay and other surrounding areas, was convicted One count of filing an incorrect tax return in the Southern District of New York, Where he combated the filing of fake tax returns for the tax years of 2013 to 2015, between 2014 and 2016, when he was the sole owner of Brooklyn-based Chas Management – earning about $ 82,076 in money owed to the federal government.
The independently wealthy council representative – who often billed himself as the champion of law and order – Pledged to Vibha His real estate earnings, where he made between $ 148,000 to $ 249,999 on top of his $ 148,000 council salary, went ahead with a new law in 2017 forbidding councilors to receive outside income that January Was effective from 2018.
Deutsch agreed to pay the interest for the outstanding funds, and faced a maximum sentence of $ 100,000 on one-year imprisonment, up to a maximum of one year of supervision and release, in addition to an order for reinstatement.
A spokeswoman for the City Council said in a statement that councilors are working to dispose of their committee’s works, including their roles as chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee and expanding the city’s funding.
“No one is above the law, not even council members and this tax fraud misdemeanor is incredibly disturbing news,” Jennifer Fermino said. “As a result, we are removing Council Member Deutsch from all our committees, including his position as chairman of the veteran affairs committee, as well as his role in dispersing discretionary funds.”
A misdemeanor convict is not required to step down for his post, unrelated to his office.
The Southern Brooklynites are no strangers to acts of corruption by their elected officials with the former Legislative Assembly Alec Brooke-Kressney Health service fraud, former state senator Carl kruger Convicted of bribery and prior assembly charges Pamela Harris Who was accused of stealing federal emergency money after Superstorm Sandy.
The politician’s sentence is scheduled to be heard at 10 am on July 29. He did not respond to a request for comment.