ITHACA, N.Y. ––  The owner of Fat Jacks BBQ Restaurant, 344 Elmira Road, Ithaca, plead guilty Friday to grand larceny and criminal tax fraud charges for failing to report nearly $200,000 in sales taxes he collected.

In an investigation into owner Geoffrey Tyrrell, New York State Department of Taxation and Finance found that between Sept. 1, 2013 and May 31, 2017 Tyrell collected $199,491 in sales tax from his customers and failed to file sales tax returns.

“Sales tax dollars fund vital public services. When that money is diverted instead for personal gain, it hurts the communities that need it most — especially in the midst of a global pandemic,” said New York State Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Mike Schmidt. “We will continue to work with all levels of law enforcement to hold those accountable for tax crimes against New Yorkers.”

This case was prosecuted by the Tompkins County District Attorney’s Office. Tyrrell has paid $95,000 towards the tax due. The remaining amount will be paid through a restitution order when he’s sentenced on Oct. 2.

Anna Lamb

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