Furrier Ben Thylan Sentenced To 5 Years’ Probation, $250,000 Restitution
NEW YORK (AP) _ A Manhattan furrier was sentenced Friday to five years’ probation and ordered to pay $250,000 in restitution over two years in connection with a scheme to evade sales taxes.
The furrier, Ben Thylan, has already paid a $100,000 criminal fine. The restitution will be split among the state, city and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Supreme Court Justice Carmen Ciparick ordered the probation Friday even though Attorney General Robert Abrams had asked for a jail term.
She said probation was sufficient, along with a heavy fine and restitution, because Thylan did not have a prior record.
Thylan, 62, and his company, The Ben Thylan Corp., were indicted last April by a Manhattan grand jury on charges of evading sales taxes between September 1980 and September 1983.
He and the company pleaded guilty and agreed to pay the fine.
The indictment charged the defendants allowed customers to buy furs at the 32 E. 57 St. store without paying state or city sales taxes.
Under the scheme, customers would take their purchases with them and the store would ship empty boxes to out-of-state addresses to indicate that the transactions were interstate sales exempt from sales taxes.
The indictment followed a probe that was a joint effort by the offices of the attorney general, state Taxation and Finance and New York City Finance.