Watertown Flower Shop Owner Sentenced For Tax Fraud

Watertown Flower Shop Owner Sentenced For Tax Fraud

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The owner of a Watertown flower shop, who admitted to evading sales tax, has been sentenced.

Kevin Kitto of Sackets Harbor was sentenced Friday in Jefferson County Court to five years probation. He was also ordered to make $78,857.97 in restitution.

Kitto pleaded guilty in May to third-degree criminal tax fraud and second-degree grand larceny.

Kitto, who owns and operates Sherwood Florist, a flower and gift shop at 1314 Washington Street, was accused of collecting $78,857 in sales tax from his customers from September 2014 to August 2016, and failing to remit those funds to New York state.

He was also accused of failing to file several quarterly sales tax returns. At the time of his arrest, Kitto said the tax evasion was "accidental" and that he refiled paperwork to "pay the balance due."

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