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Tax cheat sentenced to serve … pizzas

By Matt Gryta
NEWS STAFF REPORTER
Published:
October 19, 2010, 6:19 AM
Updated: October 19, 2010, 9:52 PM

Starting tonight and continuing every Tuesday for the next year, the more than 100 nightly diners at the Buffalo City Mission will feast on pizza -- thanks to State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia and a tax cheat.

Joseph J. Jacobbi, 57, operator of Casa-Di-Pizza, a popular Elmwood Avenue restaurant, was spared a jail term on his massive sales tax fraud case, but the judge Monday ordered him to deliver 12 sheet pizzas to the City Mission once a week on Tuesdays for the next 52 weeks, beginning tonight.

After Jacobbi turned over a check for $25,000 -- part of the $104,295.31 court officials said he withheld from the state between March 2004 and the end of May 2008 -- the judge ordered the weekly pizza deliveries as a form of community service.

"I will leave the choice of toppings up to you," he told the nonplussed restaurant owner.

Though the judge declined to comment afterward, court officials said he felt that with the city's increasing number of out-of-work and homeless people, the pizza penalty would be a way to help the community's neediest in a very direct manner.

With his check Monday, Jacobbi, 57, of Winding Woods Lane, Hamburg, has repaid $51,073 of the sales tax he withheld from the state. To satisfy the Department of Taxation and Finance, which had turned the funding dispute over to the Erie County District Attorney's Office, the judge also ordered Jacobbi to make 12 monthly restitution payments of $4,400 each to the state agency beginning Dec. 1.

Gary M. Ertel, head of the district attorney's Crimes Against Revenue Bureau, said that as part of an Aug. 19 guilty plea to third-degree grand larceny, Jacobbi came to court with an initial payment of $26,073. Monthly restitution payments will also cover processing costs.

Jacobbi, who declined to comment after the sentencing, had been facing a prison term of up to seven years on the sales tax crime.

mgryta@buffnews.com

http://www.buffalonews.com/city/police-courts/courts/article223965.ece


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  • Good thing the bankers don't make pizza's or they'd have to make 12 a day for the next billion years. Oh yeah, I forgot the Banks are to big to fail/jail, it's the little guy making pizza's we must crush...

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  • He must have been making about $100K a year for about $25K in taxes but reported only $10,000 in revenue, enough just for rent.

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    • Yep or just ignorant and lazy, had a friend that went from 10K/yr to 1.5 million/year, 1099, never paid taxes for 15 months, the IRS came looking, and he ended up selling most everything he bought at firesale prices. Stupid he just ran it through his checking account, $35K/wk and spent it crazy shit, a boat, cars, guitars, big TV expensive downtown loft, cigars, wine, etc. we all partied for a few months though he was quite generous, but ultimately lost most of it, and never put any college mone More..

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  • WTF are sheet pizzass?

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    • Correct its flat pizza cooked on a square baking sheet. If my pizza is gonna be cooked in a pan it better be deep dish. Dominos and Pizza Slut are disgusting don't eat that crap, little johns and little sleazers is nasty also.

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    • Sounds like how an Italian would refer to an inferior pizza.

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  • *pizzas

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    • You're an idiot...
      Down voted, fool!

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    • Here's another, 'conspiracy nut' Peter Schiff that lays it out on how the banks work, and why they profit while the people suffer. See if you have the IQ to keep up to what he's saying, but I seriously doubt it...

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwfWdrmuEbA&feature=player_embedded#!

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