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Frederick Ippolito, Oyster Bay official facing tax evasion charges, returns to work

Frederick Ippolito, the Oyster Bay planning and development

Frederick Ippolito, the Oyster Bay planning and development commissioner who has been indicted on charges of evading taxes on $2 million in consulting fees, sold his restaurant, Christiano's, to Singh. Credit: Newsday / Ted Phillips

Oyster Bay Planning and Development Commissioner Frederick Ippolito, who faces federal tax evasion charges, has returned to work after a leave of absence that began March 30, an Oyster Bay spokesman said.

Town spokesman Brian Devine said Ippolito returned to work Monday.

Ippolito pleaded not guilty on March 20 to six counts of income tax evasion that accuse him of "willfully" failing to report more than $2 million in fees from paving company Carlo Lizza & Sons Paving Inc. and a member of the Lizza family. Carlo Lizza & Sons has several contracts with the town.

Ippolito returned to his office Friday morning shortly before the town released a building permit for the Maine Maid Inn, a town official said. The partial demolition of the landmarked building set off a furor last month and, until Friday, town officials had refused to release a permit or confirm who signed it. The town code requires alterations to landmarked buildings to be approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, but in this case the commission, on which Ippolito sits, was not notified and only last week approved alterations, Newsday has reported.

Ippolito had previously declined to say whether he had signed a permit for the building. The permit released Friday afternoon was signed by Ippolito and dated Feb. 25, before his leave.

In addition to the federal charges, Ippolito faces an ethics complaint brought by a Massapequa resident and is named in several lawsuits.

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