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Edgewater dentist in patient sex case pleads guilty to federal tax fraud

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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A dentist from Edgewater charged with improperly touching a patient pleaded guilty yesterday to ducking $68,000 in federal income taxes.

Bedros Yavru-Sakuk, 63, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Newark to a single count of subscribing to a false tax return for the 2011 calendar year.

“Mr. Yavru-Sakuk’s filing of false tax returns was a theft from the American public. It is a felony offense that carries severe consequences,” said Jonathan D. Larsen, the acting Special Agent in Charge of IRS-Criminal Investigation, Newark Field Office. “We protect the integrity of the tax system by ensuring everyone pays the right amount of tax.”

The investigation was conducted by members of Larsen’s staff and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Robertson.

Federal authorities said Yavru-Sakuk diverted $308,303 of income HY Quality Dental Care dental practice in Rego Park, Queens, to make payments on a personal credit card, either by writing checks from his business bank account directly to the credit card company or arranging for patients of his to pay his personal credit card directly.

He was scheduled for sentencing on Jan. 29.

Yavru-Sakuk was charged last year in Queens with sexually abusing a 19-year-old female patient between September 2012 and April 2013, records show.

Specifically, the complaint says he inappropriately touched the patient without her consent.

Borough prosecutors said the alleged victim used a small camera to videotape Yavru-Sakuk during a follow-up isit.

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