ELMSFORD, N.Y. Frank Confalone, the owner of Franks Food Court restaurant, has been accused by the states department of taxation of not paying $260,000 in state and city sales taxes.
Confalone, who is the sole owner of F.M.C. Market Inc. and has been running the restaurant for 20 years, was charged with grand larceny, second and fourth-degree criminal tax fraud and offering a false instrument for filing, all felonies.
Sitting Friday morning in the office at the back of his restaurant on East Main Street, Confalone cried and said he couldn't explain the charges. He said the restaurant had gotten very busy.
"It just got out of hand, he said. I really, to this day, still dont know what happened.
Confalone said he doesnt want anybody else in his organization to be affected.
I took the blame for everything. Its all me. I dont care, he said. "I am paying the bill. Thats it."
Confalone said hes doing everything the state is asking him to do and that he will pay the $260,000.
He said he was embarrassed by the charges and refused to take a picture.
I don't want my kids to see me like this, Confalone said, weeping.
Confalone was arraigned Wednesday in Elmsford.
Doug Friedle, Elmsford court clerk, said the case should be moved to the county court at White Plains since village courts dont prosecute felonies.
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