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Dix Hills businessman pleads not guilty to $10.5M tax fraud

The owner of three Dix Hills construction companies, charged with failing to pay taxes on $10.5 million in income, has pleaded not guilty in federal court.

Eric Anderson, owner of Anderson Framing, Anderson Enterprise and Anderson Trim Specialties, was arrested Monday by Internal Revenue Service criminal investigators, officials said.

He is charged with using a check-cashing service to pocket money paid to his companies by check, officials said. Anderson also allegedly concealed the income from his tax-return preparer between 2006 and 2008, and paid his employees in cash, avoiding paying payroll taxes, officials said.

In addition, Anderson is accused of shredding business records after learning about the federal investigation.

Anderson was arraigned on Monday before federal Magistrate Gary Brown in U.S. District Court in Central Islip. He was released on his own recognizance after entering his pleas.

Anderson's attorney, Christopher Cassar of Huntington Village, said in a statement Tuesday that his client "denies the allegations contained in the indictment . . . This office intends to represent Mr. Eric Anderson vigorously in the criminal justice system and is confident that the matter will be resolved favorably."

If convicted, Anderson faces more than 20 years in prison and $5.3 million in fines, officials said. No trial date has been set.

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