A Larchmont couple was arraigned on charges of grand larceny and failure to file personal and business taxes on July 6 before Larchmont Village Justice Thea Beaver.
According to the Westchester District Attorney’s office, Denise and Christopher MacDonald, of Jochum Avenue in Larchmont Village, have failed to file their personal tax returns since 2004. They also collected New York State sales taxes on their businesses from 1998 to 2010 but failed to remit them to the state.
Charges were also filed against three businesses owned and operated by the MacDonalds. Cumulatively, the unpaid personal and business taxes are alleged to total over $500,000.
Denise MacDonald, 48, operates Twinkle Toes Baby, Inc, a children’s apparel business with shops at 1943 Palmer Avenue in the Village of Larchmont and at 1005 Boston Post Road in Rye. The first Twinkle Toes shop opened on Larchmont Avenue over twenty years ago. Ms. MacDonald also runs Wish Home Styles, Inc., a home furnishings store at at 3 Purdy Avenue in Rye.
Chris MacDonald, 53, has operated his landscaping business, C.W.M. Horticultural Services, since 1992. He has numerous clients in Larchmont and surrounding communities.
The felony charges against Ms. MacDonald include: two counts of grand larceny (second degree); one count of grand larceny third degree); two counts of repeated failure to file personal tax returns; and one count of repeated failure to file corporate returns.
The charges against Mr. MacDonald are one count of grand larceny (second degree) and two counts of repeated failure to file personal tax returns.
C.W.M. Horticultural Services, Inc. and Wish Home Styles, Inc, are each charged with one count of grand larceny. Twinkle Toes Inc. is charged with grand larceny and repeated failure to file a corporate return.
The charges came after a 12 month investigation by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and the Westchester District Attorney’s office.
The MacDonalds face a maximum of five to fifteen years in state prison on the top charge. Judge Beaver set bail at $10,000 cash for Ms. MacDonald and $5,000 cash for Mr. MacDonald. The couple is due back in Larchmont Village Court on September 28, 2010.
Asked for their side of the story, the MacDonalds referred the matter to their attorney, Henry Korn. He declined to comment, except to say, “The matter will be resolved in court.”
Both of the MacDonalds have been active community volunteers.
“Chris MacDonald and his family are life-long residents of Larchmont,” noted Larchmont Trustee Marlene Kolbert. “Chris has, over the years, contributed a lot to the community, including his stint as volunteer fire chief.”
Denise MacDonald headed up the Larchmont Chamber of Commerce for a number of years.