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US tailor to celebs pleads guilty to tax fraud
Associated Press
2013-03-06 05:32 AM
A tailor who counted star athletes including Rickey Henderson and Wilt Chamberlain among his clients has pleaded guilty to skirting about $2 million in sales and income taxes.

Mohanbhai Ramchandani pleaded guilty on Tuesday, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said. His company, Mohan's Custom Tailors Inc., also has had local stars Patrick Ewing and Darryl Strawberry among its clients and made an appearance on Bravo's "The Real Housewives of New York City."

Ramchandani and his business failed to pay at least $1.7 million in state and local sales taxes since 2002, Schneiderman said. The Indian-born tailor failed to pay at least $256,000 in personal income taxes from 2007 to 2009, he said.

Authorities said a whistle-blower first raised concerns over Ramchandani's tax practices. They said one indication of fraud was the use of numbers on his tax forms that added up to multiples of 10, an outgrowth of his belief in numerology.

Ramchandani was born in Ahmadabad, India, and moved to the United States in 1972. He could face up to three years in prison at sentencing. He has agreed to pay $5.5 million to settle civil claims.

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