Zehy Jereis pleads guilty to tax fraud

The co-defendant in the Annabi corruption trial admits he didn't pay nearly $62,000 to the IRS.

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WHITE PLAINS - Zehy Jereis, a co-defendant in the Annabi corruption trial, was sent to prison today, but took a detour to White Plains Federal Court to face some new charges relating to a Brooklyn business he part-owned.

Jereis pleaded guilty to charges today that he paid some of his employees nearly $400,000 off the books and didn't pay nearly $62,000 in federal taxes. They worked for him at a combination car wash repair shop and gas station called Atlantic Gas and Wash in Brooklyn. He admitted he didn't provide all the necessary tax information to a Westchester accountant.

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Prosecutors successfully argued that he gave cash and gifts to former Yonkers City Councilman Sandy Annabi so she would change her no vote to yes on the controversial Ridge Hill project.

Jereis is expected to serve four years in prison for his conviction in the corruption case. The new charges carry a sentence of 15-21 months. Jereis' attorney says it will be up to a judge to determine whether the time will run concurrently or be tacked on to the existing sentence.

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