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Four arraigned on tax evasion charges

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A Google street view image of the New Hyde Park Auto Body Works garage. Law enforcement officials on April 8, 2014, arrested three Long Island men for allegedly failing to remit sales tax collected at the garage between September 2009 and May 2013. Credit: Google

Three Long Island men and a Pennsylvania man have been arrested in unrelated tax evasion cases, Nassau law enforcement officials said.

Gerard Losquadro, 61, of Garden City, and Charles DiMarino, 48, of East Norwich, were arrested and arraigned Tuesday in Hempstead after they failed to remit $149,936.65 in sales tax collected from customers at New Hyde Park Auto Body Works from September 2009 to May 2013, prosecutors said. Losquadro is the former owner and DiMarino is the current owner, officials said.

They face charges including criminal tax fraud, grand larceny and offering false instrument for filing and are due back in court May 6.

Robert Cohan, 27, of East Rockaway, was arrested in 2013 and pleaded guilty in January 2014 to charges that he had taken $300,000 for driveway repair work that he did not perform from seven clients.

Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice, in a news release announcing the outcomes of the cases, said those who fail to pay taxes "create a burden for other taxpayers -- including the millions of people rushing to file ahead of the upcoming tax filing deadline."

Officials said the victims paid him the full price, including sales tax, but he never did the work. Instead, officials said, Cohan used the money to place bets at area Off-Track Betting establishments.

He faces grand larceny and tax fraud charges and is due back in court for sentencing April 30.

None of the defendants' attorneys could be reached for comment Tuesday

The Pennsylvania man, Michael Collins, 49, of East Stroudsburg, Pa., was arraigned Tuesday by Nassau District Court Judge Douglas Lerose and charged with offering a false instrument for filing in the 1st degree, perjury in the 3rd degree and criminal tax fraud in the 5th degree.

He was conditionally released to probation.

Prosecutors said that on Nov. 19, 2012, Collins won $12,500 in the New York State Lottery, including $5,000 on a $1 Win 4 ticket, $5,000 on a $1 Win 4 ticket, and $2,500 on a $.50 Win 4 ticket. When he claimed his prize at the New York State Lottery Claim Center in Garden City on Nov. 20, 2012, Collins submitted a prize claim receipt containing a false Social Security Number to evade paying taxes on the prize, prosecutors said.

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