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Nassau DA says ex-LI attorney kept employee's tax money

A former Long Island attorney was arrested Tuesday and charged with failing to pay over state withholding tax he collected from one of his employees, prosecutors said.

The lawyer, Stephen Hill, 69, of Nevada, collected $18,346 from an employee at his firm, but never sent the money to the state, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said.

Hill was charged with third-degree grand larceny and faces arraignment Tuesday in Nassau County Court.

The theft was forwarded to the district attorney's office by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.

Rice said that Hill, then the principal of Hill & Associates, a law firm with offices in Uniondale and, later, Hempstead, collected the money between 2000 and 2005. He was supposed to remit the payments to the state but kept it, instead, prosecutors said.

He now faces up to 7 years in prison.

"This defendant abused his position of authority to line his own pockets and steal from honest New York taxpayers," Rice said in a statement.

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