Landscaper pleads guilty to tax evasion

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut landscaper has pleaded guilty to tax evasion for failing to report more than $1.3 million of taxable income.

U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly says 55-year-old Donald Biagi, Jr., of Fairfield, waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in Hartford.

Prosecutors say Biagi is the owner of Don Biagi Landscaping. They say Biagi regularly negotiated client checks at banks for cash rather than depositing the checks into his business bank accounts. Biagi cashed approximately 574 client checks totaling nearly $850,000 between 2008 and 2010.

Prosecutors say Biagi did not disclose the cashed checks to his tax return preparer, resulting in more than $1.3 million in unreported business.

A sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled. Biagi faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
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