State authorities say a used car dealer has admitted that he purposely failed to turn over more than $156,000 in state sales taxes.
Gennaro Dicecilia now faces a three-year state prison term when he’s sentenced Oct. 16. The 58-year-old Toms River resident will also have to pay $220,797 in restitution.
Dicecilia owns Automotion LLC, a dealership on Route 9 in Toms River. He pleaded guilty Tuesday, admitting that he failed to turn over $156,564 in sales taxes he collected from customers.
His actions came to light following a routine canvas of used car dealerships in Ocean County by the state’s Division of Taxation in November 2011. The agency was seeking to identify dealerships that were not properly registered or licensed.