D.A.: H&H Bagel King Collected Taxes from Workers, Didn't Give to Govt.
Not only did Toro collect from H&H employees $369,318.77 in payroll taxes which somehow never wound up with the taxman, D.A. Morgenthau charges -- Toro also cheated on unemployment taxes (also withheld from employees!) by setting up no less than six dummy corporations, year after year, which enabled him to "obtain an advantageous rate for his unemployment insurance payments." As the shell companies basically represented all the same bagel operations and employees, this is illegal.
Helmer, a pioneer in great bagel-making, is now also a pioneer in local jurisprudence, as he is the first person charged under a 2006 New York law designed to haul in companies that cheat on unemployment taxes.
As five of the felony counts are Class C, and subject to up to 15 years imprisonment each, Toro is in some deep cream cheese.