9/11 First Responder Stole More Than $1 Million
Former firefighter Thomas Casatelli admitted to swindling the city and state out of five years worth of taxes Wednesday. Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2010/12/29/2010-12-29_exfirefighter_went_from_911_hero_to_zero_after_copping_to_s
New York Daily News via YellowBrix
December 30, 2010
NEW YORK – A 9/11 hero-turned-tax-cheat pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing more than $1.3 million in business taxes from the government.
Ex-firefighter Thomas Casatelli, who runs The Kettle Black in Bay Ridge, admitted to swindling the city and state out of five years worth of taxes by filing false returns and paying most of his employees off-the-books.
He will serve 90 days jail and pay back the money he stole as part of a plea deal, prosecutors said.
Casatelli, who is out on bail, will be formally sentenced March 10.
“By failing to pay his taxes, the defendant stole from the pockets of honest taxpayers,” said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance.
Casatelli was driving a fire engine on 9/11 when debris from The World Trade Center destroyed the truck, killing four firemen on board. Casatelli was the lone survivor.
His bar was the center of a different controversy in April when a wild brawl broke out inside, injuring an off-duty cop, a firefighter and a Port Authority police officer.
Five men, including two relatives of Brooklyn state Sen. Marty Golden, were charged with roughing up the service members.