Tax evasion arrests include local men

A Gloversville lawyer and a Schenectady contractor were among 18 residents across the state arres

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A Gloversville lawyer and a Schenectady contractor were among 18 residents across the state arrested this week on charges they evaded paying state income taxes.

The latest arrests by the state Department of Taxation and Finance in conjunction with local district attorneys follow 10 similar arrests in December.

State officials, commenting Thursday in a news release, said the defendants — including three attorneys, three doctors, an architect, a teacher, professionals in the financial, insurance and real estate industries and other self-employed businessmen — collectively failed to pay hundreds of thousands of dollar in taxes on millions in income.

Additional arrests are anticipated in coming months, officials said.

Among those arrested locally were Gloversville attorney J. Paul Kolodziej, 56, of East State Street, on two counts of criminal tax fraud third-degree, a class D felony, and four felony counts of failing to file timely returns for the years 2002-07.

Officials said Kolodziej calculated his income for 2002-08 at $1,481,969, but paid only $58,509 toward his state tax bill of $84,752.

If convicted, officials said Kolodziej would face a maximum sentence of up to seven years in prison. He is scheduled for arraignment Jan. 20 in Gloversville City Court.

Officials said Kolodziej, longtime lawyer for the Fulton County Economic Development Corp., failed to file a personal income tax return for 2008, evading more than $10,000 in state taxes.

A staff member at Kolodziej’s Gloversville office said Thursday he was engaged in a hearing outside the area and could not be reached for comment.

Others arrested this week include:

u Robert M. Angelo, 45, of Coplon Road, Schenectady, on a misdemeanor charge of failing to file a personal tax return for 2006, when he earned $71,000 from his business, Bob’s Carpentry, and allegedly failed to pay $3,800 in state income tax.

If convicted, Angelo could serve up to a year in jail.

u Jeremiah Bagley, 31, of Seventh Avenue, Hudson Falls, is charged with four felony counts of repeated failure to file personal income tax returns for the 2002-07 tax years. During that time Bagley allegedly recorded approximately $350,000 in income from his business, Ameridack Floor Contractors, and failed to pay over $6,500 in state income taxes. Bagley was arraigned in the Hudson Falls Village Court. He could serve up to four years in prison.

u David Power, 45, of Hemstead Road, Petersburgh, is charged with one felony count of repeated failure to file and one misdemeanor count of criminal tax fraud for allegedly failing to file for the years 2005-08. During that period, officials said, Power allegedly recorded income of about $157,000 working as a self-employed logger and failed to pay approximately $6,500 in state income taxes. If convicted, Power faces up to four years in state prison.

u R. Robert Sossen Jr., 62, and Adele W. Sossen, 61, of Foxcroft Road, New Hartford, face four class E felony counts of repeated failure to file for the years 2002-07 and two class E felony counts of criminal tax fraud for failing to file a personal income tax return for 2008 and pay more than $3,000 in taxes.

R. Robert Sossen Jr. is a lawyer with an office in Utica and Adele Sossen is a teacher currently employed by the New Hartford Central School District. The investigation determined that the couple’s income exceeded $2 million for the delinquent years and that they owed the state an estimated sum of $66,989 in income taxes.

After being notified of the department’s investigation, the Sossens filed some of the delinquent returns, officials said.

They face up to four years in prison.

Categories: Schenectady County

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