1. Evgeny ‘Gene’ Freidman – $18,703,439.72
Once known as the “taxi king” of New York City who stood shoulder to shoulder with powerful people like Mayors Bill de Blasio and Michael Bloomberg, the 50-year-old immigrant from St. Petersburg, Russia experienced a spectacular downfall.
Evgeny Freidman can be seen above in a 2017 photo provided by the New York State Office of the Attorney General
Freidman once owned a fleet of some 800 New York City cabs, whose medallions were once valued at $1.2 million in 2014.
But the rise of ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft proved devastating to the yellow taxi industry as the value of medallions plummeted to about $300,000.
In 2016, Freidman declared several of his medallions bankrupt. A year later, the New York State Attorney General’s office charged him with theft.
In May 2018, Friedman pleaded guilty to criminal tax fraud in state court after admitting to illegally pocketing $5 million in state tax dollars.
2. Anthony J. Frascone, Jr – $14,020,443.13
Anthony J. Frascone Jr is the president of Alpha/Omega Building Consulting Corp. He owes the state of New York $14,020,443.13.
3. Anthony P. Frascone – $13,908,788.69
Anthony P. Frascone is the CEO of Alpha/Omega Building Consulting Corp.
4. Frederick Goldring – $9,192,468.65
Frederick Goldring is the founder of Strike Force Protective Services, a security firm often hired to provide services to public schools and other entities in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, and Florida.
Goldring founded the company in 1986.
Local reports in New Jersey indicated that Goldring was also in arrears of more than $200,000 in unpaid taxes to Trenton.
5. Gary B. Flom – $7,011,418.80
Gary B. Flom is a former financial analyst at Gulf & Western who went on to build a successful career as an executive in the automotive industry, working for giants such as Mercedes-Benz, Lexus and Porsche.
Gary B. Flom once owned a car dealership empire with about eight dealers in and around New York City
Flom, an emigrant from Russia, enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, serving from 1983 to 1987.
He graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Business Management.
After graduating from college, he was president of Manhattan Automobile Company, a division owned by Ford, for nearly 20 years.
In 2016, he owned an empire that included eight auto dealerships in New York City, with sales exceeding half a billion dollars a year.
Less than a year later, he declared bankruptcy after a dispute with Nissan led to a $40.2 million civil judgment against him.
6. Kenneth Martinez – $4,758,772.33
Kenneth Martinez is the owner of Metropolitan Enterprises, a company that builds scaffolding for buildings under construction or renovation.
In 2019, Martinez pleaded guilty in New York court to money laundering and grand theft.
He was sentenced to three to nine years in state prison.
Martinez and his company were accused of defrauding financial institutions for $3 million in loans by submitting false invoices and then laundering the money through various corporate bank accounts.
7. Allan C. Schwartz – $4,424,127.53
8. Marc Liebeskind – $4,231,134.90
dr. Marc Liebeskind is a radiologist who holds both a medical and law degree from New York University.
He then trained in radiology at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital.
From 2003 to 2009, he was an assistant clinical professor of radiology at NYU.
In 2010, he was named medical director at Park Avenue Radiologists.
9. Walid M. Solimaneyada – $4,028,963.09
10. Amy Liebeskind – $3,910,619.93
11. Joseph Allaham – $3,832,066.25
Joseph Allaham founded several high-end kosher restaurants in New York City
Joseph Allaham is a New York City businessman and entrepreneur who founded several local restaurants including Prime Grill, Prime KO, and others.
Between 2017 and 2018, he was a lobbyist for the government of Qatar.
Born in Damascus, Syria to a Syrian Jewish family of butchers, the Allahams immigrated to New York City in 1993.
He became known for some of the best high-end kosher restaurants in the city, including Prime Grill, the Mediterranean-Asian fusion eater Solo, and Prime KO, a Japanese steakhouse.
12. Douglas J. Bosma and Bettina J. Bosma – $3,715,309.10
Douglas and Bettina Bosma, formerly of Armonk, New York, moved to Vail, Colorado in 2018.
Douglas is senior vice president at Synexis BioDefense, a company that has developed a ‘dry hydrogen peroxide’ system used for air filtration.
13. Saverio Galasso III – $3,667,234.44
Saverio ‘Sammy’ Galasso III, 53, is a well-known associate of the Colombo crime family in New York.
In 2001, Galasso and three others were arrested and charged with fraud after they claimed to have offered a product, the DeGERMinator, that could neutralize the effects of anthrax exposure.
After the September 11, 2001 attacks, the nation was gripped with fear when a white powder, later determined to be anthrax, was sent in the mail.
Galasso also had a previous extortion conviction.
14. Robyn Hecht and Scott Perlstein – $3,599,972.36
16. Michael Liberman – $3,550,760.70
17. Carmel Gallagher and Kevin W. Gallagher – $3,311,881.17
19. Frank A. Riccardi – $3,222,337.29
20. Pinchas Leitner and Elisa Leitner – $3,002,210.42