April 6 - 1982: April blizzard with 14 inches of snow, 75 mph winds

2007: Centerville father & son charged with tax fraud
There was a 50 car pile-up on Interstate 495. The Blizzard brought travel to a virtual standstill in cities such as Boston. File photo by David Curran.

1982: Rare Spring blizzard slams Northeast ~ Coldest April 6 on record

On this day in 1909, Admiral Peary reached the North Pole.
Today, the North Pole came to us

On this day in 1982, a seldom-seen early spring blizzard bluntly reminded local residents that Old Man Winter wasn't finished yet.

Fourteen inches of snow piled up in Falmouth, as it did in Boston, while hurricane-force gusts of 75 mph were recorded at the Blue Hills Observatory.

"The blizzard, which swept from Ohio through New England, brought travel to a virtual standstill in cities such as Boston and New York, where a snowstorm of such ferocity had never hit this time of year," the Associated Press reported.

More than 50 cars and trucks were involved in a pile-up on Interstate 495 near in Marlboro. "It was like someone breaking a rack of pool balls," one of the motorists told an AP reporter. "Cars were sliding all over the place."

The storm was blamed for the crash of a light plane in Pennsylvania that killed two people and toppled a lighthouse in Ohio. The NY Times reported that at 21 degrees it was the coldest April 6 on record.

"On this day in 1909, Admiral Peary reached the North Pole," New York newscaster Jim Donnelly told his listeners. " Today, the North Pole came to us."

2007: Centerville father & son charged with Tax Fraud, ran Number One Foundations

Charged with concealing hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxable income

On this day in 2007 a father and son from Centerville were charged today in federal court with tax fraud.  United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan and Douglas A. Bricker, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, announced today that Steven R. Belanger, 40, and, Robert. Belanger, 60, both of Old Stage Road,  Centerville, Massachusetts, were charged in a Superseding Indictment with conspiring to defraud the United States, and attempting to impair and impede the due administration of the tax laws. Robert. Belanger was first indicted in this matter on April 5, 2006. Today Belanger's son,  Steven Belanger, was added to the indictment.

The Superseding Indictment alleges that, during all relevant periods, Steven R. Belanger and Robert. Belanger owned and operated Number One Foundations, a concrete foundation business that primarily serves commercial and residential customers on Cape Cod. It is alleged that Steven R. Belanger and Robert. Belanger systematically concealed hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxable income and profits they earned from their business.

According to the Superseding Indictment, among other things, Steven R. Belanger and Robert. Belanger arranged for the purchase of hundreds of thousands of dollars in treasurer's checks to prevent detection of their fraudulent scheme, structured the treasurer's checks to avoid the preparation and filing of Currency Transaction Reports, and understated the gross business receipts of Number One Foundations in their personal tax eturns filed with the IRS for calendar years 1999 and 2000.

If convicted, the defendants each face up to 5 years imprisonment, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine on the conspiracy charge. They each face up to 3 years imprisonment, to be followed by 1 year of supervised release, and $250,000 fine on the charge of attempting to impair the administration of the tax laws.


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