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DA: Hicksville Papa John's Owner Stole $800K in Tax Revenue

Levittown resident accused; formerly owned the franchise in Farmingdale as well.

A Levittown man who owns six Papa John’s pizza franchises, including the store in Hicksville near the Long Island Rail Road station, was charged Tuesday with stealing more than $800,000 in state sales tax revenue.

District Attorney Investigators arrested Ajay Choudhary, 38, Tuesday morning and charged him with second-degree grand larceny, three counts of criminal tax fraud in the second degree and 19 counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted, said Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice. 

“Mr. Choudhary made a victim out of every New Yorker when he stole taxpayer money that is earmarked to fund the operation of our state and its essential programs,” Rice said. “My office will continue to work with the state to weed out the cheats and scam artists who try to pass their tax burden on to the rest of us.”

Between May 31, 2005, and Aug. 31, 2012, Choudhary, who owns Papa John’s pizza franchises in Hicksville, Valley Stream, Uniondale, Freeport, Inwood, and is the former owner of a location in Farmingdale, allegedly collected sales tax from customers but failed to remit more than $800,000 of it to the state. He also allegedly under-reported sales at his restaurants in his quarterly tax returns.

The arrest is the result of a joint investigation between the DA’s Office, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, and Papa John’s International, Inc.

Assistant District Attorney Kellie McKenna of the DA’s Economic Crimes Bureau is prosecuting the case. 

Glenn March 12, 2013 at 08:44 PM
He is just doing what other companies have done in the past. What happened to the auditors?
Fred March 12, 2013 at 10:52 PM
What part of Italy is from?
Suzy March 14, 2013 at 01:14 AM
People who own businesses do this all the time n get away with it especially those people own these fortune 500 companies... NOT SAYING IT'S RIGHT
unknownauthor March 17, 2013 at 08:20 PM
Its very common these days they charge these fake plenties to these real people who provide Thousands of jobs.......Tht's what government officials do--for some reason if there is delays in the tax payer for paying tax,,,tht's what they do with no warning bunch of stupid government officials grab them,,,these officals are jealous of these entrepreneur and at the end they realise they gave hard time 2 an innocent business man who was providing jobs to 10,000 people....but latelly they realise when there people ask for jobs back to MR.OBAMA.........and then innocent with no job die's hungry......poor government...

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