Attorney Charged With Failure to File Taxes

, New York Law Journal

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A Long Island attorney has been arrested on charges he failed to file his New York State personal income tax returns for more than three years.

William Turkish of Syosset was arrested and charged on Thursday with three counts of fourth-degree criminal tax fraud for allegedly not filing his state personal income returns for tax years 2008, 2009 and 2010, representing a liability of $27,986 owed to the state.

Turkish, 58, was given a desk appearance ticket and is scheduled to be arraigned in Nassau County District Court on Feb. 4, where his attorney says he will plead not guilty. The charges, an E felony, carry an four-year maximum sentence.

"Every taxpayer, no matter their occupation, is required by law to report their income in an accurate and timely manner. Failure to report taxable income takes away much needed funds for vital services and unfairly puts the burden on other taxpayers," Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said in a statement.

Turkish is represented by Alfredo Mendez of Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara & Wolf. In an interview, Mendez emphasized the charge was merely an allegation. According to Mendez, Turkish is "a decent person, a fine lawyer and there are explanations and circumstances here that I expect will lead to an appropriate resolution of this matter in court in the near future."

Nassau County Assistant District Attorney Christine Burke is handling the prosecution.

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