Written by Victoria Caruso-Davis Friday, 29 January 2010 00:00
Westbury resident and former Nassau Legislator Roger Corbin appeared in U.S. District Court in Central Islip earlier this week and before Magistrate William Wall pleaded guilty to tax evasion charges and lying to federal agents.
Corbin, who was arrested last May, pleaded guilty to seven counts, including three counts of filing false tax returns; three counts of income-tax evasion; and one count of lying to a federal agent. As of press time Monday, it appeared he would face 12 to 18 months in prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
The charges against Corbin were all personal; he was not charged with abuse of the public trust, bribery or corruption of his office. “I have always taken full responsibility for my actions but continue to believe that this matter should have been resolved civilly and that I was unfairly targeted. It is time for me to move on with my life,” said Corbin in a statement issued through his attorneys Thomas F. Liotti and Jennifer L. McCann. “I will continue to serve the public in whatever capacity I am permitted to do so.”
Corbin helped form the Nassau County Legislature in the 1990s and served the 2nd District for 14 years; last year he sought re-election to an eighth term but was unsuccessful in a Democratic primary, losing to Robert Troiano.