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FREEPORT/Woman sentenced for withholding taxes

A Freeport woman who pleaded guilty to withholding tax payments on several McDonald's restaurants she owned was sentenced again yesterday to 6 months in jail for her crimes.

Prosecutors said Lynn George Robinson, 52, failed to turn over more than $200,000 in required sales and withholding tax payments on several McDonald's restaurants she owned during the 1990s. In addition to her jail sentence, she must pay $278,678.48 in back taxes, penalties and interest, prosecutors said.

Robinson was found guilty by a jury in June 2008 of first-degree scheme to defraud, repeated failure to file personal income taxes and four counts of first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. She was sentenced in October 2008.

Robinson appealed her conviction, claiming that the evidence was insufficient to convict her and that several potential jurors were eliminated by prosecutors because they were women. The Appellate Division found her claims meritless and upheld the conviction in January 2010.

Prosecutors said when Robinson failed to pay her taxes, the state tax department issued tax warrants and put a lien on Robinson's Freeport home. Robinson soon lost the franchises and, in a 2001 bid to stave off foreclosure of her home and further conceal assets from tax officials, Robinson illegally sold the property to Leroy Nelson, an NYPD detective assigned to the Internal Affairs Bureau who was acting illegally as a straw buyer of the house. In order to make the sale, Robinson forged documents and provided them to the tax department to get the tax lien removed.

- ANN GIVENS


STATEWIDE/Domestic abuse homicides fall 12 percent

Homicides resulting from domestic violence dipped 12 percent in New York State last year but Suffolk County had 11 - the same number as the previous year - and a figure that is nearly twice the number reported in Nassau County, state figures show.

Suffolk reported seven such homicides involving intimate partners and four involving other family members, while Nassau reported three between lovers and three between relatives, according to a state Division of Criminal Justice Services' report.

Domestic homicide represented 33 percent or one third of the 33 homicides reported in Suffolk in 2009. In Nassau, domestic homicide comprised 20 percent or one fifth of the 30 reported homicides.

In 2008, Suffolk logged 11 domestic homicides while Nassau reported nine. That was the same year when, police said, Leatrice Brewer of New Cassel drowned her three children, creating a spike in the figures that year. In 2007, Nassau reported four and Suffolk reported seven.

- ZACHARY R. DOWDY

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