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Lawyer accused of fraud

involving state tax returns

A Syosset attorney was arrested yesterday and charged with tax fraud after he failed to report income on his state personal income tax returns for three years, "resulting in an unpaid bill to New York State of nearly $28,000," prosecutors said.

William Turkish, 58, was charged with three counts of fourth-degree criminal tax fraud, an E felony, after "failing to file his New York State personal income tax returns for tax years 2008, 2009 and 2010," the Nassau County district attorney's office said in a news release.

Turkish, an attorney licensed to practice in New York, faces up to 4 years in prison, prosecutors said. He was given a desk appearance ticket and is to be arraigned Feb. 4 at District Court in Hempstead.

In the news release, prosecutors said, "The liability owed to New York State taxpayers is $27,986 -- an amount that does not include penalties and interest."

Turkish's attorney, Alfredo Mendez of Manhattan, emphasized that the charges are allegations. "There are explanations, and we'll address those in court," he said.


Woman reported missing

found dead outside home

The snow-covered body of an East Hampton woman was found outside her home by East Hampton Town police yesterday morning, authorities said.

Catherine Dransfield, 67, was found just before 11 a.m. outside the garage of her home on Hands Creek Road in East Hampton, where she lived with her mother, town police said.

Town police and the Suffolk County medical examiner's office will continue investigating Dransfield's death, but it does not appear suspicious at this time, police said.

A home health aide had called police after she arrived and could not find Dransfield, authorities said. Officers sent to check on the woman discovered the body near the garage.


Coram man dies after

car hits guardrail, trees

Suffolk County police are investigating a single-car accident near Stony Brook University Hospital that killed a Coram man early yesterday.

Stanley Zinger, 62, died after the 2005 Toyota Camry he was driving left the roadway north on Nicolls Road in Stony Brook, struck a guardrail and then hit trees at about 7 a.m., police said.

Zinger was taken to Stony Brook hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later, police said. Detectives said Zinger may have had a medical emergency but are seeking more information.

Anyone who might have witnessed the crash is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-220-8477.


Parolee accused of being

cap-wearing bank robber

A parolee was arrested yesterday after robbing three banks -- each time wearing the same Toronto Blue Jays baseball cap, Nassau police and state parole officials said.

Robert Davidson, 56, of Uniondale, is expected to be arraigned today on three counts of third-degree robbery and violation of parole.

Detectives had been looking for the serial robber since he hit the TD Bank on Merrick Road in Rockville Centre on Jan. 10, followed by the Capital One branch on Merrick Road in Merrick on the morning of Jan. 13, then the TD Bank on Franklin Avenue in Garden City that afternoon, police said.

State records show Davidson served prison time for a string of robberies and was paroled in December 2012.

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