The manager of a Stamford haulage company that handles garbage for Westchester County has been accused of embezzling more than $800,000 from the company to pay for visits to strip clubs and other Personal expenses.
Christopher Oxer, managing director of City Carting of Westchester, was charged with three counts of underwriting false tax returns on May 4 in the US District Court in White Plains.
Oxer, of Darien, Connecticut, pleaded not guilty before Magistrate Judge Paul E. Davison. His lawyer, Andrew Quinn, declined to discuss the allegations “due to ongoing litigation”.
U.S. attorney Damian Williams claims Oxer failed to report $808,753 of income on personal income tax forms from 2017 to 2019.
He embezzled money from City Carting, according to the feds, using the company’s American Express credit card to pay for strip clubs, escorts, international vacations, clothing and expenses for a unnamed personal business.
As general manager, Oxer oversaw accounting, payroll and finance. He categorized credit charges for the monthly ledger and submitted them to an office manager for payments.
He reportedly classified his personal expenses as vehicle maintenance and other ordinary business expenses.
The federal case mirrors a pending criminal case filed last July against Oxer and City Carting by Westchester District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah.
She accused them of filing false financial records that concealed $135,000 in payments to strip clubs from 2018 to 2019, including $40,000 in one visit.
City Carting has had county contracts since 2004, according to the district attorney, to operate waste transfer stations, handle recyclables and provide other services.
The country requires City Carting to submit financial information to Kroll Associates, an investigative firm that monitors compliance with civil and criminal laws to ensure the company is not under the influence of organized crime.
Rocah accused Oxer and City Carting of submitting records containing false information in an attempt to defraud the county.
The records would have listed expenses such as equipment maintenance for credit card charges which were actually for strip club visits to Prime 333 at Sapphire, Sapphire Times Square and Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club.
City Carting of Westchester has a five-year, $123.5 million county contract, according to the Westchester Contracts Database, and subsidiary City Carting & Recycling has a three-year, $1.4 million contract. . They are based at the same address in Stamford.
In the federal case, Oxer was released on $250,000 bond. The court limited travel to a few states where it has court appearances or business and granted clearance for a previously scheduled May 8-12 trip to Las Vegas.