Domestic Violence Awareness Presentations This Month

During October, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office is reaching out to downtown immigrant communities with presentations about preventing and reporting domestic violence. Four workshops are scheduled in the East Village, the Lower East Side and Chinatown:

  • Oct. 11, 6 p.m.: Baruch Community Center, 605 FDR Drive (at Grand St.)
  • Oct. 20,  6:30 p.m., 10 Stanton St. (b/w Bowery and Chrystie St.)
  • Oct. 25, 6 p.m.: Campos Plaza Community Center, 611 E. 13th St. (b/w Ave. B & C)
  • Oct. 27, 2 p.m.: Hamilton-Madison House, 60 Catherine St. (at Cherry St.)

Bowery Restaurant Store Owner Guilty of Tax Fraud

The owner of Daroma Restaurant Equipment at 180 Bowery pleaded guilty to tax fraud last month.

The owner of a large restaurant equipment and supply store on the Bowery has admitted to failing to report nearly $2 million in state and city sales taxes, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.

Meir Markovitz, 53, of Manhattan, was convicted late last month of one felony count each of attempted grand larceny in the first degree and city tax fraud in the fourth degree, according to court records. Under a plea agreement with prosecutors struck May 25, Markovitz admitted failing to turn over 90 percent of the sales taxes he collected from customers since 2004, as well as filing a false New York City corporate tax return in 2010 that understated the business’s receipts by two-thirds.