NYC tailor to celebs pleads guilty to tax fraud

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NEW YORK (AP) -- A New York City tailor who counted star athletes among his clients has pleaded guilty to skirting about $2 million in sales and income taxes.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says Mohanbhai Ramchandani (MOH'-huhn-by RAHM'-chuhn-dah-nee) pleaded guilty on Tuesday.

His company, Mohan's Custom Tailors Inc., has claimed athletes including Patrick Ewing and Darryl Strawberry among its clients.

Schneiderman says the tailor and his business failed to pay at least $1.7 million in state and local sales taxes since 2002. He says the tailor failed to pay at least $256,000 in personal income taxes from 2007 to 2009.

The tailor also pleaded guilty to filing false tax returns.

Authorities say a whistle-blower first raised concerns.

The tailor is from India. He could face up to three years in prison. He has agreed to pay $5.5 million to settle civil claims.