A Syosset attorney was arrested Thursday 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.

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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.

"Every taxpayer, no matter their occupation, is required by law to report their income in an accurate and timely manner," District Attorney Kathleen Rice said in a statement. "Failure to report taxable income takes away much needed funds for vital services and unfairly puts the burden on other taxpayers."

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," nhe said.

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With Ellen Yan