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Westchester Neurologist Sentenced To Prison In $580K Tax Fraud

Dr. David Younger of Scarsdale was sentenced to four months in federal prison for tax fraud.
Dr. David Younger of Scarsdale was sentenced to four months in federal prison for tax fraud. Photo Credit: File

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- A Westchester neurologist with a private practice in Manhattan was sentenced to four months in federal prison on Monday for cheating on his taxes.

Scarsdale resident David S. Younger, 62, pleaded guilty in May for falsely deducting more than $580,000 in personal expenses -- including golf and country club dues, property taxes for his home, and the purchase of a Mickey Mantle baseball card -- as business expenses in 2007 and 2008, said Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Younger, a board-certified neurologist, was caught after he filed both personal tax returns on behalf of himself and his wife, and corporate tax returns on behalf of his private practice, the Younger P.C., Bharara said. 

In his reporting to the IRS, Younger claimed about $250,000 in business expenses, when he actually had used the money for personal endeavors, Bharara said, adding that Younger claimed the money had been spent on items like medical supplies, office expenses and professional fees.

Younger then falsely deducted the money from Younger P.C.'s income tax return and failed to report it on his personal tax return. The following year, he repeated the same practice, claiming about $335,000 in business expenses that were actually personal in nature, Bharara said.

Some of the items he spent money on included $100,000 in fees to a private golf and country club, $53,000 in property taxes for his residence, a $4,300 placement fee for a nanny/housekeeper, $17,000 for the construction of an electric gate, $345 for a Mickey Mantle baseball card, $26,000 for the restoration of a piano, $37,000 for a vendor to perform construction work at his home, $18,000 for furniture, and at least $20,000 in airfare for family members, Bharara said.

In addition to his prison sentence, Younger was ordered to pay a fine of $25,000 and restitution to the IRS to be determined.

The case is being prosecuted by the IRS Office’s Complex Frauds and Cybercrime Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Cooper is in charge of the prosecution.

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