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Garden City man ordered to pay restitution in tax fraud case, officials say

A Garden City man was spared jail time but ordered to pay more than $27,000 in restitution on charges of tax fraud because he failed to remit sales tax receipts earned at his New Hyde Park auto body shop, officials said Monday.

Gerald Losquadro, 62, the former operator of New Hyde Park Auto Body Works, located at 801 Second Ave., was sentenced Wednesday to a conditional discharge and ordered to pay $27,588 in restitution to the state, according to a new release from the state Department of Taxation and Finance.

Losquadro was charged last year with third-degree grand larceny, first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, and third and fourth-degree criminal tax fraud on allegations that from September 2009 to December 2010 he collected $27,588 in sales tax from his customers, but did not remit it to the state, the release said.

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