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Former auto sales owner facing jail time for tax evasion

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Posted at 1:31 PM, Apr 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-11 13:31:06-04
 
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today announced that the former owner and operator of two used auto sales businesses in Erie County has pleaded guilty to sales tax evasion.
 
Christopher Glinski, 39, who used to live in Lancaster, NY, and now resides in South Carolina, pleaded guilty to Tax Fraud in the 4th Degree, a felony.
 
Glinski’s company, Octane Enterprises, Inc., controlled two dealerships that operated under the name Octane Auto Sales and Service: one was at 1721 Transit Road, the other at 6535 Seneca Street, both in Elma. He no longer owns these businesses.
 
An investigation by the Tax Department’s Criminal Investigations Division found that for the years 2012 through 2015, the defendant collected $143,243 in sales tax from his customers but failed to remit those funds to the State as required by law. Glinski could face up to four years in prison when he's sentenced in June.