Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor
Brian Fischer, Commissioner (DOCS)

DOCS Contact: Peter K. Cutler 518-457-8182, NYSDOCS
DTF contact: Brad Maione 518-457-4242, NYSDTF

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March 25, 2011

DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES AND TAX DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCE TAX FRAUD ARREST

Upstate Correctional Facility Inmate Charged With Filing Fraudulent Tax Returns

ALBANY – New York State Department of Correctional Services Commissioner Brian S. Fischer and New York State Department of Taxation and Finance Commissioner Thomas H. Mattox today announced the arrest of an Upstate Correctional Facility inmate on 13 fraud charges for filing fraudulent tax returns.

George E. Rogers, 36, was charged on March 18, the same day he was scheduled to be released from the facility.

Rogers was charged with 13 counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, a class E felony. It is alleged that Rogers filed fraudulent New York State tax returns in an effort to obtain money in the form of New York City school tax credits.

Rogers had been incarcerated on a sexual assault conviction and a subsequent parole violation in the New York State correctional system from November 25, 2002 until his arrest on March 18th. It is alleged that between March of 2006 and December of 2007, Rogers filed 13 separate fraudulent NYC-210 Forms for tax years 1999 through 2006. On the returns he claimed to be a New York City resident for the entire tax year. The investigation determined that Rogers filed the fraudulent returns in an effort to fund his inmate account.

The Department of Correctional Services Inspector General conducted a thorough investigation of the alleged illegal activity and supplied information to the Department of Taxation & Finance that resulted in the arrest of this inmate on the day he would have been released from custody. The case is being prosecuted by the Office of Franklin County District Attorney Derek P. Champagne.

“We maintain a zero tolerance policy for inmates who commit any crime and we cooperate fully with our law enforcement partners to ensure that the perpetrators are held accountable and prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” said Brian S. Fischer, Commissioner of the Department of Correctional Services. “It’s this type of cooperation and collaboration that enables us to ensure that individuals like Mr. Rogers are held accountable for their conduct, apprehended and brought to justice.”

“This case highlights the efforts of the Tax Department to fight tax fraud when it occurs, wherever it occurs” Commissioner Mattox said. “I wish to thank Commissioner Fischer and District Attorney Champagne for their assistance in this matter.”

If convicted, Rogers faces up to 20 years in prison.

The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty.