Tax Amnesty Idea Looking Better: 1 Guy Owes $19 Million

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When Governor Paterson included a tax amnesty program in his proposal to cut the state's $3-billion-plus budget deficit, claiming it would bring in $350 million, we thought it was rather wishful thinking. But the Albany Times-Union finds some big numbers among the top 200 state tax scofflaws it uncovered via Freedom of Information requests. The highest roller is one Gui Hong Chen, who despite the lack of a publicly listed phone number has amassed $19,049,250 in unpaid cigarette taxes -- through sales, we imagine, not personal consumption. Craig L. Schrutt, dba Carp's Auto Sales, owes nearly five million.

Al Sharpton owes about $784,000. Former City Council President Andrew Stein owes $340,000 over three years of warrants. A total is not revealed, but it appears $350 million is out there to be had.

The trick is to get at it. To make the amnesty more appealing, state senator Jeff Klein of The Bronx wants to pass a law that would allow state agencies the right to refuse renewal of state licensing to tax scofflaws.


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lovessnow1

Craig schrutt is right back to selling cars. Ridiculous!

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NYSID:03622733PDIN:10B1419

Name:Craig Schrutt

Date of birth:11/19/1952

Race/ethnicity:White

Release to parole supervision:7/12/2013

Parole status:Active

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NYSID03622733P

DIN:10B1419

Inmate Name: SCHRUTT,CRAIG

Aggregated Minimum Sentence

02-00 Aggregated 

Maximum Sentence 06-00Release 

Date7/12/2013 Release 

TypeCR  Housing/Release FacilityWYOMING

Parole Eligibility Date7/13/2011

Conditional Release Date7/13/2013

Maximum Expiration Date7/13/2015

Parole ME Date7/13/2015

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Senior Parole Officer: P Kirkwood

Parole Officer: K Funderburk

Office: Niagara 

FrontierStreet:444 Third Street

City: Niagara Falls, NY 1430

Phone:716-285-5342

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