LEWISBORO, N.Y. - Marc Seedorf, a Lewisboro town justice for more than two decades, pleaded guilty Friday, Dec. 6, to federal income tax evasion, according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
By not filing individual tax returns and by concealing proceeds from a lawsuit settlement, Seedorf failed to pay more than $160,000 of federal income tax from 2009 to 2019, according to the Southern District of New York.
Effective immediately, all cases pending before Seedorf will be reassigned, Lucian Chalfen, director of public information for the New York Unified Court System, told The Katonah-Lewisboro Times on Monday. Seedorf will also not be assigned any additional cases.
Chalfen deferred comments about Seedorf’s employment status to Lewisboro Town Supervisor Peter Parsons, who could not be reached by press time.
Seedorf will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Cathy Seibel in White Plains federal court at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24. He faces a maximum five years in prison.
“As he admitted [Friday], for years Marc Seedorf flouted his obligations under the law to file tax returns and to pay taxes,” said U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman in a press release. “This was conduct that would be shameful for anyone, and all the more so from an attorney and a member of the judiciary.”
The investigation into Seedorf’s tax evasion was carried out by the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation division.
“As a Lewisboro town justice, Mr. Seedorf knows the consequences when laws are broken,” Jonathan D. Larsen, special agent-in-charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, said in a press release. “To maintain faith in our nation’s tax system, honest taxpayers need to be reassured that everyone is paying their fair share.”
Seedorf, first elected in 1997, was a major crimes prosecutor in the Bronx District Attorney’s Office (1981-86) and has been in private practice for more than three decades.