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DA: Syosset lawyer charged with tax fraud

William Turkish, 58, faces three counts of criminal tax fraud, Nassau prosecutors said.
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A lawyer from Syosset was arrested Thursday on tax fraud charges after prosecutors said he failed to file tax returns for three years and owes the state nearly $28,000, according to Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice.

William Turkish, 58, was arrested Jan. 23 on three counts of fourth-degree criminal tax fraud. If convicted, he faces up to four years in prison.

Prosecutors said Turkish failed to file his 2008, 2009 and 2010 personal income tax returns with New York State. The district attorney’s office alleges he owes $27,986 before penalties and interest.

“Every taxpayer, no matter their occupation, is required by law to report their income in an accurate and timely manner,” Rice said in a statement. “Failure to report taxable income takes away much needed funds for vital services and unfairly puts the burden on other taxpayers.”

Turkish was released Thursday on a desk appearance ticket and is set to face a judge on Feb. 4 at Nassau First District Court in Hempstead.

"These charges are just allegations," Turkish's lawyer Alfredo Mendez said. "We will address them in court at the appropriate time."

Update [4:30 p.m.]: This article was updated to reflect a statement from Mr. Turkish’s attorney.