A judge sentenced an Orange County couple to community service and conditional discharge on criminal tax fraud charges.
John Quick, 68, and his wife, Mary Quick, 63, both from the town of Goshen, were sentenced Friday in Orange County Court for tax crimes involving the failure to report over $35,000 they had obtained from a developmentally disabled man living on their property, as well as other income, said Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler.
Orange County Court Judge William DeProspo also issued a restitution order requiring the Quicks to pay $35,783.67 to the man.
The Quick's had earlier pleaded guilty and admitted that they had not only failed to file state personal income tax returns for the taxable year 2012, but also failed to report as income a sum of money that they had obtained from the developmentally disabled man that had been living in living quarters that had been set up in a barn on their property.
The investigation into the matter began after state police received a complaint that the was asking neighbors for food, notwithstanding that he was receiving social security and disability income, the DA's Office said.
The man, who is no longer living on the Quick’s property, is now receiving assistance from Orange County Adult Protective Services.
John Quick was sentenced to a conditional discharge that included 500 hours of community service and Mary Quick to a conditional discharge and 200 hours of community service.
“These defendants admitted intentionally committing tax crimes, and only properly filed their returns after they knew they were the subject of a criminal investigation,” said Hoovler. “I am grateful that we were able to obtain a disposition in this case which resulted in this developmentally disabled man getting his money back."
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