July 14, 2015
By Christopher Baxter
Gennaro Dicecilia, 58, pleaded guilty to a charge of failure to turn over collected New Jersey sales tax before state Superior Court Judge Timothy Lydon in Mercer County. (Courtesy of N.J. Attorney General’s Office)
TRENTON — A Toms River man admitted Tuesday to pocketing $156,564 in sales tax collected from customers of his used car dealership rather than turning it over to the state Treasury as required, state authorities said.
Gennaro Dicecilia, 58, pleaded guilty to a charge of failure to turn over collected New Jersey sales tax before state Superior Court Judge Timothy Lydon in Mercer County. As part of the plea deal, prosecutors will recommend he serve three years in prison.
Dicecilia must also pay the state $220,797, which includes the tax he failed to turn over as well as penalties and interest. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 16.
Dicecilia, the owner of Automotion on Route 9 in Toms River, admitted he failed to file any sales tax returns or turn over sales tax collected since the dealership opened in 2007. The state demanded payment and he filed returns, but an investigation found he hid information about the number of cars sold and tax he had collected.
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“Even after the Division of Taxation confronted him about his failure to turn over sales tax, Dicecilia tried to deceive the state about how much he had collected,” acting state Attorney General John Hoffman said.
Dicecilia was indicted in 2013 after an investigation by the state Division of Taxation and the Division of Criminal Justice.