Connecticut landscaper gets prison sentence

By Kristin Smith-Ely

Pasquale F. Furano will serve up to two years in prison for tax evasion.

Pasquale F. Furano,48, owner of Furano Landscape was sentenced to a year in prison starting in November, after pleading guilty to underreporting more than $2.5 million in gross receipts on his federal tax returns, dodging some $500,000 in taxes owed, according to the Greenwich Time website.

According to the article, Furano provided landscaping and snowplowing services to more than 150 customers in Fairfield County and Westchester County, New York, per court documents filed by the office of John Durham, U.S. attorney for the District of Connecticut and has been free on $50,000 bond after taking a plea deal.

He will serve 18 to 24 months in prison and be on supervised release for an additional year. Court documents show agents seized more than $600,000 in cash in an October 2014 raid of Furano’s home, which he agreed to turn over to repay the IRS. He repaid $1.1 million prior to his sentencing.

Furano also agreed to repay the state of Connecticut more than $100,000 in sales taxes owed the Department of Revenue Services.