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Former Police Chief In Westchester Sentenced To Prison For Tax Evasion

Harrison Police Chief Anthony Marraccini
Harrison Police Chief Anthony Marraccini Photo Credit: Patrick Stapleton

A former police chief in Westchester will be bumping elbows with some of the people he put away after pleading guilty to federal tax evasion charges.

Former Harrison Police Chief Anthony Marraccini has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after admitting to failing to pay more than $900,000 in state and federal taxes over the course of six years. He pleaded guilty to the charge in January.

Marraccini retired early from the department while he was the target of a federal investigation in 2016. The former chief had pleaded for no jail time, but received less than the two years that prosecutors sought.

In addition to his prison sentence, Marraccini was also sentenced to a year of supervised release, a $25,000 fine and will pay restitution to the tune of $126,347. He has been ordered to report to prison on July 31.

From 2011 through 2016, Marraccini pleaded guilty to failing to disclose nearly $2.5 million from his personal business, Coastal Construction Associates. In total, he reportedly failed to pay more than $750,000 in federal taxes and nearly $120,000 in state taxes. Instead, he deposited some checks Coastal Construction received for construction work into his personal bank accounts. He also cashed some checks Coastal Construction received at a check cashing service and kept the cash for his personal use.

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said that Marraccini also failed to report a total of more than $199,800 in rents received from two rental homes he owned in Purchase from 2011 through 2015. In addition, Marraccini failed to report $24,500 in rents he received from a rental home he owned in Rye in 2013 and 2014. In total, Marraccini failed to report more than $2.5 million in revenue from Coastal Construction and the rental properties.

Marraccini was a staple at the Harrison Police Department for more than three decades before his retirement in 2016, after he was placed on paid leave for allegedly falsifying timesheets while on the job.

“As the Chief of Police for the Town of Harrison, Anthony Marraccini held a position of trust in the eyes of the public," IRS-CI Acting Special Agent in Charge Jonathan D. Larsen said. "That trust was broken when he decided to commit a serious tax felony. The laws of the land apply to everybody, regardless of position or power. IRS-CI special agents will continue their work to ensure that everybody pays their fair share.”

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