Sons of Sugarhill Records founders are spared prison terms

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Sons of Sugarhill Records founders are spared prison terms

Postby shbzz7 » Mon May 27, 2013 7:13 pm

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Sons of Sugarhill Records founders are spared prison terms for failing to file tax returns

THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2013



Two sons of the founders of Sugar Hill Records, the pioneering Englewood rap music label, were spared prison terms on Thursday for failing to file federal income tax returns during a period in which they and a third brother owed nearly $1.3 million to Uncle Sam.

Rejecting a government request for incarceration, U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Falk sentenced Joseph Robinson Jr., 51, of Tenafly and Leland Robinson, 47, of Englewood to three years of probation. He said they must each perform 400 hours of community service and serve three months of home confinement.

Citing their long history of charitable work and contributions and a lack of prior criminal records, the judge granted them variances from sentencing guidelines that called for prison terms of 18 months to two years.

He also imposed fines of $8,000 on Leland Robinson and $16,000 on his older brother.

A third brother, Rhondo Robinson , 42, of Englewood, faces sentencing at a later date.

Charged with ignoring their tax filing obligations for 2005 through 2008, the three brothers each pleaded guilty in March 2012 to two misdemeanor counts of failing to file returns for only two of those years.

During the time covered in their guilty pleas, Joseph, Leland and Rhondo Robinson had income of $577,000, $580,000 and $792,000, respectively, authorities said.

The money came from royalties from Sugar Hill Records, the music label that their parents, Joseph and Sylvia Robinson, founded in Englewood in 1979. They also received funds as copyright administrators for various recording artists.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Mack urged the judge to impose a prison term, arguing that incarceration was necessary to send a message that tax cheats will not go unpunished.

Until Joseph Robinson was “chased down” by the Internal Revenue Service, he had never filed a tax return in his life, Mack said. Leland Robinson had filed only five times, he said.
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