CENTRAL ISLIP - The Town of Oyster Bay official charged with tax evasion pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Central Islip.
Fred Ippolito, the commissioner of planning and development, pleaded guilty to federal income tax evasion after prosecutors say he didn't report income from 2008 to 2013.
According to the original indictment, Ippolito worked as a consultant for the paving company Lizza & Sons, and failed to report about $2 million in income he made while working there.
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Defense attorney Brian Griffin says the charges and plea cover a period of time when Ippolito was full-time with Lizza & Sons. Griffin says it in no way affects his dedication and service as a public official.
Griffin adds that his client, who is 77, may receive a lesser sentence because of his age and some health issues. He was taken out of federal court in a wheelchair.
Ippolito faces 18 to 24 months for the crime. However, he could be spared any jail time under federal sentencing guidelines.
Town of Oyster Bay officials say they will have to review all the information in the plea agreement before making a decision on whether Ippolito will be able to keep his job.
Ippolito's plea comes as federal prosecutors continue to investigate politically connected restaurant owner Harendra Singh, who has been charged with bribing a former town official.