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DA: Inwood Papa John's Franchise Owner Stole $800K in Tax Revenue

Levittown resident accused of under-reporting sales at his six franchise eateries.

A Levittown man who owns six Papa John’s pizza franchises, including one in Inwood, was arrested Tuesday and charged with stealing more than $800,000 in state sales tax revenue, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced.

DA Investigators arrested Ajay Choudhary, 38, this morning and charged him with second-degree grand larceny, three counts of criminal tax fraud in the second degree and 19 counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted. 

“Mr. Choudhary made a victim out of every New Yorker when he stole taxpayer money that is earmarked to fund the operation of our state and its essential programs,” Rice said. “My office will continue to work with the state to weed out the cheats and scam artists who try to pass their tax burden on to the rest of us.”

Between May 31, 2005, and Aug. 31, 2012, Choudhary, who owns Papa John’s pizza franchises in Hicksville, Valley Stream, Uniondale, Freeport, Inwood, and is the former owner of a location in Farmingdale, allegedly collected sales tax from customers but failed to remit more than $800,000 of it to the state. He also allegedly under-reported sales at his restaurants in his quarterly tax returns.

The arrest is the result of a joint investigation between the DA’s Office, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, and Papa John’s International, Inc.

Assistant District Attorney Kellie McKenna of the DA’s Economic Crimes Bureau is prosecuting the case. 

The charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

inwood queens Resident March 12, 2013 at 10:21 PM
800k wow he must be selling a ton of pizza in his other locations because he doesn't sell any in Inwood I don't think I've ever seen anyone in this place...
Carmela Soprano March 13, 2013 at 01:33 AM
It's the crappiest pizza out there too. My spouse like the wings though. 95% delivery in Inwood. Who would want to park and leave the property on that dangerous corner?
Sal Anthony March 13, 2013 at 12:55 PM
Food sucked crook
mike hogan March 13, 2013 at 07:45 PM
There talking about the old ownership there are new owners now
Carmela Soprano March 14, 2013 at 02:29 AM
The pizza is even crappier now, if that is at all possible! LOL
Sal Anthony March 14, 2013 at 02:49 AM
Food still sucks
jamie March 14, 2013 at 07:15 AM
I tried the pizza it was gud n i experienced new crew out dere!
Sal Anthony March 14, 2013 at 03:23 PM
Jamie what did u say? Gud and dere? Spell properly!!!
jamie March 16, 2013 at 07:37 AM
yeah crew is way better then d old one , n i ordered again it was gud ... they got some really gud special broo!!

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