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For Immediate Release Contact: Christopher BorekApril 19, 2018 845.291.3276, 845.238.4245c
District Attorney Hoovler Announces Guilty Pleas in Tax Cases
Couple Pleads Guilty to Tax Crimes
Failed to Report Income Obtained from Developmentally Disabled Man
Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that on Thursday,April 19, 2018, John Quick, 68, and his wife, Mary Quick, 63, both of the Town of Goshen, each pled guilty before Orange County Court Judge William DeProspo to criminal violations of the New York State Tax Law. John Quick pled guilty to one felony count of Criminal Tax Fraud in the Third Degree, and Mary Quick pled guilty to Criminal Tax Fraud in the Fifth Degree, a misdemeanor. At the time that they pled guilty, the Quicks admitted that they had not only failed to file New York State Personal Income Tax Returns for the taxable year 2012, but also failed to report as income a sum of money that they had obtained from a developmentally disabled man that had been living in living quarters that had been set up in a barn on their property. As part of the plea agreement placed on the record at the time the Quicks pled guilty, the Quicks will repay $35,783.67 to the developmentally disabled man. Each of the Quicks is scheduled to be sentenced on June 8, 2018.
The investigation into the matter commenced when the New York State Police received a complaint that the developmentally disabled man living on the Quick’s property was asking neighbors for food, notwithstanding that he was receiving social security and disability income. The man, who is no longer living on the Quick’s property, is now receiving assistance from Orange County Adult Protective Services. The matter was initially presented to an Orange County grand jury, which charged the Quicks with crimes including Grand Larceny in the Third Degree and Endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent or Physically Disabled Person in the First Degree. Subsequent investigation revealed that the Quicks had failed to properly report their income on New York State tax filings, including failing to report over $35,000 that they had received from the man. Another Orange County grand jury charged the Quicks with crimes including Criminal Tax Fraud in the Third Degree, and the cases were consolidated in one indictment.
District Attorney Hoovler thanked the New York State Police for their investigation and for the arrest of the Quicks. District Attorney Hoovler also thanked Orange County Adult Protective Services for aiding the developmentally disabled man and for their assistance in the case. District Attorney Hoovler also thanked the Criminal Investigations Division of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, which aided in the investigation.
The cases are being prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Kerry Kolek.
“I can’t overstate the importance of neighbors and other concerned citizens reporting crimes when they believe someone is being victimized,” said District Attorney Hoovler. “I am grateful to the New York State Police for their work on this case, and for the work of Orange County Adult Protective Services in ensuring that this developmentally disabled man is now in a better situation. This disposition ensures that he will receive all of his money back from the defendants. I thank the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance for all their assistance in this case.”
A criminal charge is merely an allegation that a defendant has committed a violation of the criminal law, and it is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the State’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.