The former owner of a Niagara Falls collision repair shop is facing multiple counts of sales tax evasion, accused of cheating New York state out of more than $85,000.
Alfred Vitagliano, 76, is charged with one count of grand larceny and six counts of criminal tax fraud.
According to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, Vitagliano failed to report $85,233 in sales tax he collected from customers of Fred's Collision Shop on 56th Street between 2010 and 2016.
He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Vitagliano is due in court October 23rd.
He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.