Denise and Christopher MacDonald, who live on Jochum Avenue, were arraigned today on charges of second-degree grand larceny and two counts of repeated failure to file personal tax returns. Denise MacDonald also was arraigned with one count of third-degree grand Larceny and repeated failure to file corporate tax returns.
All of the charges are felonies and followed 12-month investigation by the District Attorney’s office and state Department of Taxation and Finance.
Christopher MacDonald 53, and Denise MacDonald, 47, owned C.W.M. Horticultural Services, a landscaping company in Larchmont; Twinkle Toes Baby, a baby clothing store with locations in Rye and Larchmont; and Wish Home Styles, a home furnishings store with a sales location in Rye.
Prosecutors say the couple owes more than $500,000 in unpaid state sales tax and unpaid personal income tax. They are accused of keeping sales tax from 1998 to 2009 and not filing an income tax form since 2004.
Defense attorney Jeffrey Chartier said, “They are very decent people. They are well respected in the community and have a lot of strong support.”
C.W.M. Horticultural Services and Twinkle Toes Baby were charged as businesses with one count of second-degree grand larceny. The baby clothing store faces an additional a tax charge. Wish Home Styles was charged with one count of third-degree grand larceny.
Bail was set at $10,000 cash for Denise MacDonald and $5,000 cash for Christopher MacDonald. They face up to fifteen years in state prison on the top grand larceny charge.