MARCH 21, 2001



Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, joined by New York State Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Arthur J. Roth, announced today the arrests of five individuals including a New York City Transit Authority supervisor on tax fraud charges for failing to pay income or other taxes.

District Attorney Brown said, "With April 15 just around the corner and millions of New Yorkers struggling to file accurate and timely tax returns, it is troubling to me that there are those who routinely try to defraud the State and City of needed revenues."

Commissioner Roth said, "People who evade their legitimate obligations undermine the foundation of the entire tax system and jeopardize important programs aimed at preserving the health and well-being of all our citizens. We are dedicated to ensuring the fairest and most equitable tax system possible and will take action against those who seek to evade their responsibilities."

Defendant Taalib Muhammad:

Taalib Abdullah Muhammad, 44, of 188-32 127th Avenue, Jamaica is charged with failing to file income tax returns for 5 consecutive years from 1995-1999. He is a supervisor in the Special Investigations Unit of the Division of Station Operations of the New York City Transit Authority. The defendant is accused of failing to pay approximately $16,110 in New York State income taxes.

Assistant District Attorney David Chen is in charge of the case.

Defendant Randall Mortimer:

Randall Mortimer, 46, of 137-21 224th Street, Laurelton is accused of failing to file income tax returns for the years between 1993-1997 while he was gainfully employed as a nurse at Peninsula General Hospital and at the Promenade Nursing Home in the Rockaways. It is alleged that he owes $13,190.

Assistant District Attorney Dianna L. Megias is in charge of this case.

Defendant Anthony Ingrassia:

Anthony Ingrassia, 43, of 31-14 76th Street, Jackson Heights allegedly failed to file income tax returns for the years 1994-1997 while he was employed as a warehouseman. It is alleged that he owes approximately $9,355.

Assistant District Attorney John A. Scarpa is in charge of the case.

Defendants Ante Vukov and Nick Vukov:

Ante Vukor, 64, of 25-18 47th Street, Astoria and Nick Vukor, 31, of 5 Elm Place, Glen Head, New York are the alleged owners of a liquor store named Gold C. Inc. at 44-21 30th Avenue in Astoria. They are accused of failing to file New York Corporation taxes and with under reporting New York State sales taxes between 1994-1996. It is alleged that they owe $35,000 in sales taxes alone.

Assistant District Attorney Bernadette K. Ford is in charge of the case.

Defendants Muhammad, Mortimer, and Ingrassia are all charged with violation of Tax Laws 1802(a) - failure to file personal income tax for three consecutive years when a tax liability is due. They face up to four years in prison upon conviction. Defendants Ante and Nick Vukov are charged with Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree and Tax Laws 1803(a) - repeated failure to file corporate taxes. They face up to 7 years in prison upon conviction. Businesses are required under New York State law to collect sales tax on most sales and the principals of those businesses are required as fiduciaries to file sales tax returns and remit all sales tax collected to the State.

The cases were investigated by members of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance - Tax Auditors Alan Maier and Mariane Davis and Investigators Kevin Stuckey and Cheryl Holland; Detective Anne Loftus, under the supervision of Sergeant Diana Coyne and Lieutenant Kenneth Corey - all assigned to the Queens District Attorney's Office Squad under the command of Captain Harold J. Knorr and Detective Evelyn Alegre, under the supervision of Lieutenant Robert Burke, from the District Attorney's Detective Bureau, which is under the command of Chief Edward T. Brady.

The cases are assigned to Assistant District Attorneys in the District Attorney's Economic Crime Bureau which is under the supervision of Assistant District Attorneys Brian J. Mich and Diane M. Peress and the overall supervision of Executive Assistant District Attorney Peter A. Crusco.

It should be noted that an arrest is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.