Ex-Suffolk legislator pleads guilty to filing false tax return

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A former Suffolk County legislator charged with filing a false tax return has pleaded guilty.

Fred Towle Jr. admits he failed to declare more than $1 million in income in 2012.

Towle is facing up to three years in prison plus restitution and fines of more than a half million dollars.

As a county legislator in the early 2000's, Towle was arrested on corruption charges.

Towle then cooperated with prosecutors, which led to a series of corruption indictments for years in Suffolk government.

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