MAHOPAC FALLS, N.Y. - State police arrested and charged two Mahopac business owners with multiple felonies last week after a two-year investigation into their business practices concluded.
On Tuesday, May 21, troopers from the Hawthorne barracks arrested Frank Inzano, 47, and Shannon Inzano, 42, both of Carmel, and charged them with second-degree attempted criminal possession of a weapon, a class C felony; third-degree grand larceny, a class D felony; first-degree offering to file a false instrument; and fourth-degree criminal tax fraud, both class E felonies.
State police, in conjunction with the state Department of Taxation, the Putnam County District Attorney’s office, and the state Department of Transportation conducted an investigation after a complaint was received in April 2017 alleging that the Inzanos, owners of Top Notch Towing in Mahopac, were billing customers exorbitant charges for towing services. Police said their investigation found that the Inzano’s stole over $50,000 using those fraudulent billing practices, possessed five illegal handguns and committed tax fraud.
In January 2018, state police conducted a raid on the Inzano’s home and business and removed computers from both places.
Top Notch Auto Body had a contract with the state to provide towing services on the Taconic. Sources told Mahopac News that such contracts are regulated, and towing companies have a ceiling on how much they can charge.
“There is a bidding process [for the contracts] and they purchase the right to tow on certain sections,” the source said. “They are sort of gambling, what is the lowest amount I can pay so I can still make money?”
Top Notch Auto’s section of the Taconic ran from Route 301 (the Cold Spring exit) to Route 100/133 (New Castle).
The source told Mahopac News that the investigation started in April 2017 to see if Top Notch was indeed overcharging towing customers, but added it was not clear exactly what happened to spark the investigation.
The Inzanos were arraigned in Carmel Town Court and released on their own recognizance to reappear on June 24.