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Nov 24, 2009 11:43 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

District attorney charges Guldi with tax evasion

Nov 24, 2009 11:43 AM

For the third time in four months, former Suffolk County Legislator George O. Guldi stood before a Suffolk County Court judge last Thursday, November 19, and pleaded not guilty to a crime—this time to tax evasion.

Mr. Guldi, who lives in Westhampton Beach, was arraigned in front of Judge James F.X. Doyle. He pleaded not guilty to one count of tax evasion, a felony, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota’s office.

Mr. Guldi failed to file personal income tax returns with New York State in 2006, 2007 and 2008, according to the indictment. It was not immediately clear how much money the former county legislator should have paid in state taxes. He is free after posting $500,000 bond.

When reached on Monday, Mr. Guldi declined to comment on the latest charges.

Mr. Guldi pleaded not guilty in August to 110 criminal charges, including grand larceny, money laundering, conspiracy, criminal possession of a forged document and forgery, for his alleged role as the ringleader of an $82 million mortgage fraud scheme that targeted East End homes. He and Donald MacPherson, a part-time Westhampton Beach resident and owner of Magic’s Pub in the village, are accused of obtaining loans for houses with forged or falsified documents. Mr. MacPherson is due back in court on Monday, December 14.

The tax evasion charge filed against Mr. Guldi is not related to the mortgage fraud charges, according to Robert Clifford, a spokesman for Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota.

In September, Mr. Guldi pleaded not guilty to insurance fraud. According to the district attorney’s office, Mr. Guldi submitted a claim to his insurance company after his house on Griffing Avenue in Westhampton Beach burned down last year and received a check for $853,000. That money was supposed to be used to rebuild the home, which is now in foreclosure. If the home was not rebuilt, Countrywide Home Loans, a division of Bank of America, would have applied the insurance money to the $1.4 million outstanding mortgage.

The tax evasion charge is also not related to the insurance fraud charge, according to authorities.

Mr. Guldi is due back in court on Monday, January 11, to answer additional questions on all three charges.

Two other attorneys also pleaded not guilty this week to charges related to the mortgage fraud scheme that Mr. Guldi is accused of leading.

Dix Hills attorney Brandon Lisi pleaded not guilty in front of Judge Doyle on November 18 at Suffolk County Criminal Court in Riverhead to two counts of second-degree grand larceny and one count of second-degree forgery, all felonies. He is free on $25,000 bond and is due back in court on Monday, December 21.

Dustin Dente, a Rosedale attorney, also pleaded not guilty before Judge Doyle last Thursday, November 19, in the same court to two counts of second-degree grand larceny, a felony. Mr. Clifford said Mr. Dente is free on bail, though the bail amount could not be immediately confirmed.

Mr. Dente is due back in court on December 9.

Mr. Lisi and Mr. Dente are accused of using the names and credit histories of “straw buyers,” people who agreed to sell their personal information, to submit mortgage applications to two lenders—IndyMac Federal Bank and Countrywide Home Loans—to buy foreclosed homes in Dix Hills and Elwood, according to the indictment.

Mr. Dente’s lawyer, John Carman of Garden City, declined to comment on the charges.

Mr. Lisi’s lawyer, Randy Zelin of Westbury, did not return a call seeking comment.

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Tax evasion,insurance fraud,mortgage fraud. Another one that should be in jail for a LONG,LONG time and end up with nothing.
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Nov 20, 09 12:32 AM
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By razza5350 (1908), East Hampton on Nov 20, 09 6:39 AM
sjd-George is innocent until proven guility
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Nov 20, 09 7:10 AM
Your right ---but he is guilty. And MacPhearson is too and his wife and a few others wil be held accountable for all they have done illegally and to ruin communities-They wil GO TO JAIL!!!!!!
By UNITED states CITIZEN (207), SOUTHAMPTON on Dec 1, 09 7:33 AM
GEORGE should be made "President" of the INDICTMENT OF THE MONTH CLUB. BOW TIE AND ALL.
By uncleronk (136), southold on Nov 20, 09 10:01 AM
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And the Hits just keep coming!!
By sayitaintsojoe (100), Westhampton on Nov 20, 09 11:16 AM
Guldi's alleged criminal behavior is so extreme that is seems suicidal.
By highhatsize (4070), East Quogue on Nov 20, 09 3:07 PM
WHY ARE WE NOT HEARING ABOUT ALL THE OTHERS IN THIS MULTI MILLION DOLLAR MESS??? DOES MCPHEARSON AND HIS WIFE HAVE SO MUCH MONEY TO KEEP IT OUT OF THE PAPERS?
By UNITED states CITIZEN (207), SOUTHAMPTON on Nov 21, 09 5:51 AM
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By razza5350 (1908), East Hampton on Nov 24, 09 12:48 PM
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