A Naples man’s conviction for tax related theft was affirmed by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, Attorney General William J. Schneider announced today.
Michael A. Skarbinski, age 50, appealed from a judgment of conviction entered in the Cumberland County Superior Court, following a jury trial in March 2010. Superior Court Justice Roland Beaudoin found Skarbinski guilty of one count of theft by deception (Class C); two counts of criminal attempted theft by deception (Class D); and three counts of making and subscribing false tax returns (Class D).
Skarbinski filed requests for tax refunds claiming no taxable income for the years 2005, 2006 and 2007 when he and his wife had earned between $80,000 and $130,000 in taxable income per year. Skarbinski contended at trial that the salaries he and his wife earned as professionals at local area hospitals simply were not taxable.