Bennett Salvatore (born January 9, 1950 in Stamford, Connecticut) is a professional basketball referee in the National Basketball Association (NBA). As of the 2006–07 NBA season, Salvatore has officiated 1,385 regular season, 167 playoff, and 20 NBA Finals games.
On October 8, 2010, Salvatore closed the doors on Bennett's, choosing to retire from his career as a restaurant owner.
Income tax fraud
In 2000, he was sentenced to a year of probation, 150 hours of community service and a fine of $500 for his role in airline ticket fraud. He pleaded guilty in a New Haven federal court on July 26, 2000 to filing a false tax return with the Internal Revenue Service for the tax year 1993.
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- When Steak Is What the Party Wants, March 31, 2006
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