Dix Hills businessman pleads guilty to tax evasion

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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 Monday 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.

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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 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, 2014 by U.S. District Court Judge Arthur Spatt.

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