The owner of an Edible Arrangements store in Queens has admitted to gorging himself on tax money, prosecutors said Thursday.
Maurice Letman, 42, of Springfield Gardens, pleaded guilty to lining his pockets with $185,000 forbidden fruit — money that should have gone to the city and state.
“Sales taxes are meant for the public treasury — not to line the pockets of businessmen,” said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
Letman has agreed to repay the full $185,000 plus interest and penalties.
He was charged last year with underreporting income from his Springfield Blvd. franchise of the popular fruit basket chain.