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Gerard Terry, ex-Dem leader, indicted on tax fraud charges

Gerard Terry appears at Nassau County Supreme Court

Gerard Terry appears at Nassau County Supreme Court in Mineola after his arrest on tax fraud charges on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

A Nassau County grand jury has indicted former North Hempstead Democratic Party leader Gerard Terry on tax fraud counts after his second arrest on such charges in August.

Terry was arraigned on the indictment Tuesday in state Supreme Court in Mineola. It brings the total number of felony tax fraud charges he has been indicted on to eight.

Terry, 62, of Roslyn Heights, is charged with not filing a state income tax return in 2010 and 2015; offering a false instrument for filing for his 2013, 2014 and 2015 state personal income tax returns; and offering a false instrument for his 2013, 2014 and 2015 state personal income tax returns that “omitted material information.”

Stephen Scaring, Terry’s Garden City-based attorney, could not be immediately reached for comment.

Terry, a longtime political figure, resigned or was terminated from public positions earlier this year after Newsday’s report in January that he had compiled a nearly $1.4 million federal and state tax debt.

Terry was paid more than $217,000 for six public contracts last year: as an attorney for the Nassau County Board of Elections; North Hempstead Town Attorney’s Office; North Hempstead Zoning Board of Appeals; Freeport Community Development Agency; Roosevelt Public Library Board; and the Long Beach Housing Authority.

Terry was first arrested on April 12, when he was charged with not filing a state tax return in 2010. He was arrested again on Aug. 24 on the seven additional felony tax fraud charges.

According to the indictment, the charges for offering a false instrument for his 2015 tax return occurred between July 7 and 22 of 2016.

North Hempstead Town enacted several reforms to the town’s code, including a requirement that contractors advising town boards must disclose substantial tax debts. Town officials said earlier this year they would enforce the 25-year-old requirement that town party leaders file financial disclosure forms. None had ever been collected, town officials said.

Terry’s next court date is October 17, where he will appear before Judge Christopher Quinn.


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