Long Island crime briefs

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DIX HILLS

Guilty in tax evasion case

A Dix Hills man who owned three construction companies -- and who federal officials said owed taxes on $10.5 million in income -- has pleaded guilty to tax evasion charges, officials said.

Eric Anderson, owner of Anderson Framing, Anderson Enterprise and Anderson Trim Specialties, pleaded guilty to the charges yesterday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York in Central Islip, authorities announced in a news release.

He had been arrested in April 2013 by Internal Revenue Service criminal investigators, officials said. Officials said Anderson avoided paying taxes on his gross receipts by using a check-cashing service to keep money paid to his companies by check. Investigators also said he kept the information about the firms' income from his tax return preparer between 2006 and 2008 so that the income was not included on tax returns.

He paid employees in cash and avoided paying payroll taxes, officials said, adding that he destroyed business records once he found out about the investigation.

In all, officials said in a statement, "the estimated tax loss resulting from Anderson's activities is between $1 (million) and $2.5 million."

His attorney could not be reached for comment.

Officials said Anderson faces a statutory potential maximum sentence of 5 years in prison and a potential fine of up to $250,000.

He will be sentenced Sept. 19 by U.S. District Court Judge Arthur Spatt.

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Merrick, MineolaBanks robbed within hours

Two banks in Nassau were robbed within hours of each other Monday, one in Merrick and the second in Mineola, Nassau police said.

In the first hold-up, a robber threatened in a note to the teller that he would use a gun as he demanded cash at the Chase branch in Merrick, police said. He entered the bank on Merrick Avenue at 10:20 a.m., then ran off after getting the money, police said. Seven employees and one customer were in the bank at the time, but no injury was reported, police said.

The robber appeared to be 5 feet 11 inches tall, with a medium build, and wore a long-hair wig, a baseball cap with a star and a maroon, hooded sweatshirt, police said.

In the second hold-up, the Capital One branch in Mineola was robbed about 12:20 p.m. when a man ordered two tellers to give him money, police said. After they complied, the robber ran from the bank on Mineola Boulevard and headed west on Lincoln Avenue, police said.

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Eight employees and four customers were in the bank, but no injury was reported, police said.

The suspect appeared to be 30 to 40 years old, about 6 feet tall, with a medium build, police said. He wore black sunglasses, a blue scarf, black hoodie, blue jeans and white sneakers.

Police ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.

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