ALBANY, NY – The owner of local staple Wings Over Ithaca allegedly owes the State of New York over $220,000 in sales tax, according to a news release from the state’s Department of Taxation and Finance.

Bruce McPherson, who now lives in West Springfield, Massachusetts, on Tuesday was charged with second-degree grand larceny,  second-degree criminal tax fraud, four counts of third-degree criminal tax fraud, and 20 counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. McPherson pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The complaint against McPherson alleges that from Dec. 2010 through May 2015, his business submitted tax returns that deliberately understated the amount of tax owed to the state, to the tune of $221,601.

If convicted, McPherson faces up to 15 years in prison and possible civil fraud penalties that are double the taxes determined to be owed.

“As this case shows, we take these accusations very seriously and will go to great lengths to ensure that those who fail to meet their obligation to collect and pay NYS sales tax face justice,” said Acting Commissioner Nonie Manion in a press release.

(Featured photo: Wings Over Ithaca Facebook page)

Michael Smith

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