The head of a business that supplies skilled, but undocumented carpenters to many home-construction projects on Long Island was sentenced Friday to 6 months at a federal halfway house for income tax evasion.
Businessman gets 6-month sentence in tax evasion
Jay Kuhn, the head of Kuhn Brothers Construction, in St. James, had faced up to 3 years in prison after he was charged with evading $400,000 in federal taxes by paying his workers off-the-books.
The arrest of Kuhn in July by agents of the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service was the first public revelation of an ongoing federal probe into the payment of off-the-books wages to undocumented immigrants in the home-building industry. Three executives of other carpentry businesses are awaiting sentencing as a result of the investigation.
Michael Conroy, the head organizer for the Empire State Regional Council of Carpenters, who was in court, said because of the off-the-books situation, he believed taxpayers and the government around the country are cheated out of billions of dollars in revenue.