Victim speaks out in $20 million grifter case

It’s actually a spokesman of the victim in the $20 million fraud case involving Katonah pianist and composer Roger Davidson, who prosecutors say was bilked out of $20 million by Chappaqua grifters Vickram Bedi and Helga Ingvarsdottir over a six-year period through an elaborate scheme of lies and nefarious story lines involving international intrigue.

Davidson’s new spokesman, Christopher Cooper, responded today to counterallegations that Bedi made after his arraignment Tuesday that he never deceived Davidson, who is heir to an oil fortune, and that Davidson concocted the plots involving foreign nationals hacking into his computer out of paranoia. Cooper, in essence, said Bedi’s version was bunk.

“Roger Davidson has a single priority: to ensure that Vickram Bedi is held responsible for their crimes he committed and is punished to the extent that the law allows. The Davidson’s family maintains their faith that the truthful accounting of the events surrounding this case  will emerge in the only venue that matters: a court of law.”

Davidson also has a civil case against Bedi that’s pending before acting state Supreme Court Justice Gerald Loehr.  Bedi’s criminal case is before county Judge Barbara Zambelli.

Westchester CPA charged with tax evasion

A Somers accountant is accused of not paying his personal income taxes for six years in a row.

Eric Fecci, who lives in Katonah, is charged with three felony counts of repeated failure to file personal income tax returns for 2003 to 2007. He also is charged with felony criminal tax fraud for allegedly failing to file his tax return in 2008.

According to the New York State Department of Finance, Fecci filed his tax returns for those years after investigators searched his home and offices and found documents revealing his income. He allegedly admitted to having unpaid tax liabilities of at least $5,000.

Additionally, state tax officials say Fecci owes $12,521 in personal tax liability from 2001 and $8,464 for not paying state withholding taxes  for his employees at one of his businesses, At Play Technologies, in 2002 and 2003.

Fecci, 44, operates five financial service companies from his office at 332 Route 100 in Somers: At Play Technologies, Eric J. Fecci CPA, Fecci Consulting Group, AllWriteUp and Somers Staffing.

He faces up to four years in prison on each count. He was arraigned in Somers Justice Court on Wednesday and is due to return there Jan. 31.