Syracuse cycle shop charged with tax fraud

A Syracuse businessman is accused of collecting sales taxes from customers, but not paying it to New York State.

Robert Woodward, of Rob's Cycle Supply on Wolf Street, is accused of collecting $37,323 in sales from customers between March 2012 and August 201, but failing to give the money to the tax department, according to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.

The man was charged with three felony counts of third-degree criminal tax fraud; third-degree grand larceny; second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument; and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing.

â??Owning a business comes with the obligation to accurately and honestly comply with your tax responsibilities,â?? said New York State Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Jerry Boone. â??We will continue to work with local law enforcement to level the playing field for all business owners by prosecuting those who would attempt to steal the tax dollars collected from their customers

The case will be prosecuted by the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office.

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