Former Legislator Corbin sentenced to prison

The News Leader

June 28, 2010 11:53:29 AM PDT
Roger Corbin, a former Nassau County Legislator, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for tax evasion and related charges.

Corbin pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges of tax evasion and filing false federal tax returns for the years 2005, 2006, and 2007, and making false statements to Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service.

Judge Feuerstein also imposed three years of supervised release, a $700 special assessment and ordered Corbin to pay $92,170 in restitution.

Corbin represented the Second Legislative District from 1995 until December 31, 2009 While serving as a Nassau County legislator, Corbin received more than 80 checks, totaling more than $229,000, from a developer who was doing business in Corbin's district. Corbin deposited those checks into his personal bank accounts and used the money to support his lifestyle, but did not report any of the money as income on his original 2005, 2006, and 2007 federal income tax returns and did not pay any taxes on that income.

During interviews with the FBI and IRS in 2008, Corbin denied using any of the money from the developer for his personal benefit and claimed that he had given the money to an individual who was purportedly paying workers at the developer's New Cassel construction sites.

It was later learned that Corbin received and deposited 73 of the 80-plus checks after that individual's death.

Corbin eventually came clean, and admitted his guilt.