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Car dealer pleads guilty to tax fraud: DA

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Car dealer pleads guilty to tax fraud: DA

ELMONT, L.I. — A former Forest Hills resident who bilked the state out of $2.3 million through his car dealership recently wrote some large checks to New York and will serve time as part of his guilty plea, District Attorney Richard Brown said, but it was not easy getting him back to the borough.

Boris Michaelov, 43, who once lived at 62-59 108th St., ran a car dealership in Elmont, L.I., at 1213 Hempstead Tnpk., where he under-reported the amount of sales tax owed after he sold thousands of used vehicles, the DA said.

By under-reporting the amount of sales tax but charging customers for the full amount, Michaelov kept the difference, the DA said.

Michaelov is a naturalized Israeli citizen who the DA and the state Department of Taxation started investigating in 2003 after the agencies caught wind he was cooking the books.

But Michaelov moved to Toronto in 2007, and the DA’s office underwent a four-year legal process to have him extradited to face charges.

After Michaelov repays all the money he owes and serves six months behind bars, he will be handed over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and deported.

On Oct. 5, Michaelov pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted grand larceny, the DA said.

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