UPDATE: Dianna's Deli owners indicted

Local police and federal agents have surrounded a home in Sandusky and have served a search warrant. The Register will be providing coverage from the scene.
Register
Apr 8, 2013

 

A news release from the U.S. Attorney's office states that five members of a Sandusky family were all charged in a three-count indictment related to skimming more than $1.8 million in cash from three restaurants the family operates in the Sandusky area.The money was deposited at numerous financial institutions, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Here is additional information from the news release:

Indicted are: Haralambos Gonos, age 52; Andreas Gonos, age 28; Chris Gonos, age 31; Kryiakos Gonos, age 30, and Sofia Skoura, age 52.

In count one – conspiracy to structure financial transactions to evade filing currency transaction reports -- Haralambos Gonos, Andreas Gonos, Chris Gonos, and Kryiakos Gonos are accused of taking large amounts of cash from Dianna’s Deli, Dianna’s and The Depot and making multiple deposits of cash just under the $10,000 threshold, for the purpose of evading the filing of a Currency Transaction Report. The conduct took place between 2007 and 2009, according to the indictment.

Count two charges that Haralambos Gonos and an unindicted co-conspirator conspired to structure financial transactions to evade filing Form 8300 between March 2010 and November 2011. Specifically, Gonos purchased a 2007 Mercedes and 2005 Porsche Cayenne motor vehicles by using combinations of cash and multiple cashier’s checks, according to the indictment.

Count three charges Haralambos Gonos and Sofia Skoura conspiring to engage in bulk cash smuggling in an attempt to transport currency to a place outside the United States on or about January 31, 2013. Specifically, they are accused of attempting to transport more than $14,700 to Greece, where they maintain a residence, according to the indictment.

“These defendants are accused of avoiding bank regulations,” Dettelbach said.

“It is IRS-CI’s responsibility when investigating financial institution fraud to focus on the flow of the money which ultimately leads us to the beneficiaries of this illegal activity,” said Denise Rocawich, Acting Special Agent in Charge, IRS Criminal Investigation.

If convicted, the defendants’ sentences will be determined by the Court after reviewing factors unique to this case, including the defendants’ prior criminal record, if any, the defendants’ role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

The investigating agencies in this case are the Internal Revenue Service, Toledo, Ohio the Department of Homeland Security, Dearborn, Michigan, , ICE Homeland Security Investigations, Detroit, Michigan, and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Detroit, Michigan. The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Joseph R. Wilson.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. Defendants are entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Comments

MrSandusky

So what you are saying is that nobody actually went by the name "Diana"...

SurroundedByMorons

+1

tell it how it is

There was actually. The last time I knew of her being in the restaurant was several years ago, and she was very elderly. It'd be assumable she has passed since.
And, as far as I know, she lived in Greece.

Curley

Sounds like they were trying to do money laundering and get away with it. Everytime I went to Diana's I did not like the look of the owner, now my insticts were correct.

Phil Packer

If all of this if true, can I assume that they don't bother to follow heath department rules and regulations either? Of course.

gene44870

Why is it , that this dont surprise me

Ehovemom

Used to go to the Depot in the 80's - he was always driving a new corvette or other sports car. Seemed out of place for the business.

FlyBoy86

Sounds like the Feds are trying to close the loophole on Form 8300. It explains why so many other departments are involved including ICE and DHS.

Licorice Schtick

Federal income tax cheating has added $3,000,000,000 to the deficit in ten years.

bullydogs1971
SamAdams

Is there more to this story that we don't know yet? It just doesn't make sense to me to avoid filing the forms if you're not using illegal funds or if you're not buying illegal things. Sure, it's a pain, but it's not THAT big a deal! So...why were they avoiding reporting the transactions? Really?

FlyBoy86

Non-Resident Aliens do not have to file Form 8300. Therefore, taxable income is distrusted and laundered. From my understanding of the article, it's money laundering and tax evasion that the Feds are trying to pin them on.

deertracker

Non resident Alien? What exactly is that?

FlyBoy86

Somebody who has a Work Visa and not a Green Card...plus the way income tax is calculated is different and complicated.

BW1's picture
BW1

Essentially they're guilty of trying to keep more of their hard-earned money than the government would like, and of trying to make the government to mind its own business.

There would be no crimes in this case if the USA was still a free country.

FlyBoy86

Here's the kicker. Why would you want to send it to Greece when they are in an even bigger financial crisis than the US? It will all come out...in five years when they finally have a court date.

Licorice Schtick

Soooo...it's OK to rob the people by cheating on taxes, because you don't like taxes?

deertracker

Maybe they are illegal. I made a comment about that before and the comment was deleted. I do know they have a strange way of doing business.

theconcernresident

they were all born in AMERICA so no they are not to answer that ? for you

deertracker

double post

Tootsiemomma

does not surprise me one bit about these people. too many times our american money is taken from here to other countries illegally. and the beat goes on !!

BULLISDEEP's picture
BULLISDEEP

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o...

Maybe had something to do with this?

bobshumway92

Deport them!

theconcernresident

an Amiercan can not be deported

8ballinthesidepocket

What is am Ameirican?

Tootsiemomma

i agree with bob. that should have happened a long time ago !

RU_KIDDING_ME

Once again the power, influence, and stigma that money possesses causes mere humans to go astray. Have YOU made money YOUR God?!?!? You had better change your way of thinking before it's too late. Time is running out, for tomorrow never comes...

Unassumer

It's not 'our' money, it's their money and if they have family in Greece they were probably trying to help them-or perhaps themselves if they have a business there as well. It seems that alot of time has passed since their initial indiscretion and perhaps they were not aware of the law at the time. They're pretty nice people and I am sure they are not laundering money or smuggling drugs. Probably just trying to protect their own interests.

deertracker

Ignorance of the law is no excuse! Most people know that large deposits over 10k or large cash purchases are reported to the IRS. Duh??????????

Just Sayin IMHO

I didn't know that.

bullydogs1971

hey deertracker....from reading your posts i would have to conclude you are the most upstanding citizen in the country....so you never break any of the millions of RULES that our governments have made(up)? Pay your fair share of taxes just like a good little boy...you should run for president! God knows we have a crook in the white house now... we could use a squeaky clean american like you....do me a favor...spend a day studying where all our tax money goes.....can you do that? it may just p you off enough to change your outlook on this financial ponzie scheme called fractional reserve banking that is rigged to do nothing more than take your money and at the same time make it more and more worthless everyday....so that dollar bill you hold in your hand will be worthless as a Kleenex. Just ask those people in Cyprus who the real crooks are....THE BANKS STOLE THEIR MONEY!

BrighteyesMonroe

Agreed Unassumer!

Krissy3

Form 8300 is required when one transaction is made over 10,000. I have never had a 10,000. bill when eating at Diannas. So what if they chose not to deposit over 10,000. at a time or chose to have multiple banks? This is 5 different people! They are not drug dealers or criminals. They have a residence and family in Greece. Why shouldn't they take money there when they go?

deertracker

When in Rome?????? These may be great people but they still have abide by the laws of this country. You don't know what you don't know but assuming anyone is not this or that is a mistake!

samiam

Tell that to Obama about all the illegal aliens running around in this country! If they will break the immigration laws, they'll break others too.

deertracker

Your point???????????????????

FlyBoy86

You may not have eaten a $10,000.00 bill but selling equipment or a company vehicle or anything else that would be associated with the Federal Tax ID number would have to be reported. It's going to be a complicated and interesting trial.

The Don

Actually the young ones are drug dealers!

Krissy3

How do you know, are you a customer?

Common Sense

Nice people? Maybe by your measure, but you can't judge a book by its cover.

Doug7880

What is so funny about this story is the Berardi's add just under the three pics. anyone else see this add or is it just me?

Doug7880

Dang it just changed to Kasper's

BrighteyesMonroe

OMgosh... I am saddened to hear this.. I think Gonos's are nice people. I still hope the best for them.

Krissy3

I think so too

luvblues2

I don't see any ads, Doug. I use ad-blocker+ w/Firefox.

DEEPsix's picture
DEEPsix

this is not surprising... ONE of the kids tried buy my wifes, and my diamond rings for cash.... and told us how to hide sale!

DEEPsix's picture
DEEPsix

they WILL accept pleas, they are guilty..... pay a fine, kick them out of COUNTRY, and their slave labour force will testify against them btw.... wait until the DRUG TRAFFICING CHARGES COME DOWN

Krissy3

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Personal attacks (including: name calling, presumption of guilt or guilt by association, insensitivity, or picking fights).

OmertaMOM1

why does everyone always resort to thinking someone sells drugs?? gtfo i have tons of awesome things n i sure dont sell drugs, its called working and saving making good investments in stock...durrrrr

BrighteyesMonroe

No kidding.. The government taxes the heck out of us as it is... if proven or not this is only finding ways around taxes n moving THEIR OWN money around... has nothing to do with drugs.. get a life!

deertracker

Explain the car purchase!

Imataloss

Paying cash for a car is another way to launder money. It's how a lot of the Catawba area boat dealers got in trouble...Take the cash, hold the title and when the feds come looking for the boat/car, it's not there. When the dealer gets the last payment, they send the title. Usually you only hear about the dealer who was running the scheme, not the buyers.

2cents's picture
2cents

Come on Deer, cash for a car happens every day. I bought a 2004, SL500 with cash, kept it two years and traded it in on a new Chrysler after I put a ton of miles on it. They gave me under $20K, you pay that for a basic new car these days. The name Mercedes makes people goofy, I realized this when I owned one and every kid wanted to race me. BIG learning lesson. I should have built a sleeper Vega when I had the chance some time ago!

Krissy3

I paid for my car with cash too, make lots of deposits under 10k, and took cash with me when I went on vacation out of the country. I still pay my taxes and don't engage in illegal activity. I wonder when the Feds are going to indict me?

deertracker

I know cash for a car happens daily but that's not the issue here. The way he tried to buy it was suspect.

Weather.78

Give me a break! car purchase? that has nothing to do with all of this! I hope it all turns out ok.

2cents's picture
2cents

Maybe they just do not like to support the 47% that do nothing in this country and live pretty good off the people that do pay taxes.

BrighteyesMonroe

HaHa!!! no kidding!

deertracker

If they are hiding money and so on, who else is NOT paying taxes?

2cents's picture
2cents

GE, Apple, Wesley Snipes, lmao, just a start

BULLISDEEP's picture
BULLISDEEP
Krissy3

Oil companies, Mitt Romney....

SamAdams

Oil companies pay BOATloads of taxes! They just also get subsidies. For now. (And those may or may not be appropriate, probably the latter, but still legal.) As for Romney, what is it that you don't understand about paying taxes on the same money TWICE? Romney paid taxes and invested some of what was left. Now he pays taxes AGAIN on that investment income (albeit at a lower rate). Paying taxes twice on the same money isn't exactly not paying taxes, is it?

eriemom

Here is the problem with your statement:

If an international company makes a profit, that money is taxed at the rate from which it is produced. Then, if the money comes into the U.S. it is not taxed a second time. It is taxed at the difference between the two locations.
It gets weird when a company bases it's operations in a tax free location/money laundering country. We could be talking about a P.O. box. The profit, from say China, can be wired to one of the above mentioned locations. If the company wants to repatriate the cash the entity (let's call them people too just to be silly)the IRS will collect.

Your example is flawed.If I buy widgets to produce mega-widgets and I sell them, I will pay the taxes on what I sold. That is the purpose of the Tax ID. Profit will be taxed. When investing the profit into another business (venture capitalist) I will pay the difference, but at a lower rate.

The rational was that we should help investors to make jobs. It didn't work very well. The system ended being a way to strip capital out of the system, and in the end, just pay lower wages. That is how we have ended up with stagnant wages, no insurance or pensions.

Good video link BULL. I would guess that we will be hearing more about this in the months to come.

bored reader

Actually, Mitt paid his taxes. You've been listening to Harry diarrhea of the mouth Reid.

KnuckleDragger

Don't forget the list of Democrats in Congress and in the administration who didn't pay their taxes.

eriemom

Paying taxes late is a little different from illegal activity to launder or evade.

I have a problem with the legal as well. We should all be outraged that these loopholes exist! I can't believe that I am reading comments that sympathize with the belief that hiding money from the IRS is just the way that it is done. Businesses got way with not paying taxes, because the middle class took up the slack--the jobs were the priority. The problem is that the middle class has shrunk below the threshold that make our economic ponzi scheme work.

deertracker

Well these guys and gals can go to prison too, right?

SamAdams

You bet! It's just that so far they haven't. In fact, so far they haven't even been CHARGED! And when the group of scofflaws is led by the Treasury Secretary himself, I'm fairly sure they never will be. Meanwhile, other people go to jail for next to nothing.

Great system provided by political influence, eh? (And don't start on me about Obama, who is guilty as sin of all of this. I'm well aware of the fact that those close to OTHER presidents who happen to represent OTHER parties are just as guilty and just as unprosecuted.)

Reva

So paying employess under the table and not filing taxes is ok? Just think of all the money that is being cheated to local government alone. It isn't just an indiscrecion from a long time ago. It's still happening.........

KnuckleDragger

That happens everyday in the food service industry. How many waitresses do you know that don't under-report their tips, hmm? I get it, it's ok cuz it wasn't the rich guy that did it.

deertracker

Apples and oranges there Queenie. If a server reports less than 8% of their sales in tips, the IRS automatically allocates the proper amount!

Reva

What got me is that they were paying an illegal under the table and taking work away from a legal citizen who was paying taxes. Not everyone does it. It's not right and should be punished harshly.

deertracker

Just one illegal????

thinktwice

Welcome to America!

OldTiger

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Personal attacks (including: name calling, presumption of guilt or guilt by association, insensitivity, or picking fights) and Libel and defamation.

Krissy3

If they are such bad people why would you or your family continue to work for them. I don't know the older two but I know the sons. One has had some drug issues but the other two are the nicest people I have ever met. I have known them since we were teenagers and have NEVER known either one of them to sell drugs. The place I work does charity events frequently and these two are always there donating money and even donating their catering to the events.

deertracker

Take a tour of the kitchen!

theconcernresident

u can take a tour of the kitchen funny the heath dept does two times a year and they ALWAYS pass regulations this is about tax issues not drugs not empoyee issues not illegal aliens hmmm funny how things get turned around i knew all these boys for many many years they run a great business and i bet none of then end up in jail but hey they are pretty boys and great to look at lol

The Bizness

You can't really "fail" a health inspection. That place has a lot of issues in the kitchen.

BrighteyesMonroe

definatly nice to look at concernresident ;)

deertracker

Don't be naïve. It's called "greasing palms".

John Harville

tracker... how many restaurant kitchens have you worked in, toured? Do it a bit and you won't eat most anywhere.

deertracker

A lot John and you are correct. I try hard not to eat in most places and if I do I be sure to order something that is served very hot.

theconcernresident

i know them all none of them ever had any kind of a drug issue really wow

Krissy3

If you say so... I bet his ex didnt have a drug problem either...

tk

Obviously you didn't know them well. The one who went to school with my grandson had a drug problem.

anthras

Many on here have posted that they were either selling or using drugs. What does that say about the local police dept if all you all knew but they did not!!!! Maybe if the some of you all were put on the police force then things would be much better as you know what the police don't ergo you could clean up the township

anthras

Many on here have posted that they were either selling or using drugs. What does that say about the local police dept if all you all knew but they did not!!!! Maybe if the some of you all were put on the police force then things would be much better as you know what the police don't ergo you could clean up the township

Krissy3

Thank you tk. People only know what they want you to know...

pptrsha

I worked for them for 2 years and it is all true!!! my daughter got w2 s for 2 years after she quit!! 16,000 and then 6,000 messed up her taxes too

Cowboy

So let me get this straight, just so I completely understand, they are skimming thousands off the books in order not to pay their fair share in taxes! I have to pay my fair share in taxes, what makes them so special that they think they don't have to? And yet they charge us taxes every day we eat there. Now I'm starting to see this city's tax deficits! Keep after ALL these businesses to report their proper earnings.

Cowboy

That just made me mad to read this! I used to go there! Not anymore!

sandusky2012

what about the ones whom received cash as employment $$$$those better watch out I bet they didn't pay their taxes on that money they received?????????????

deertracker

C'mon dude! Really?

John Harville

really, dude.

theconcernresident

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Personal attacks (including: name calling, presumption of guilt or guilt by association, insensitivity, or picking fights).

luvblues2

I for one hope that you don't expect this comment to be taken seriously.

WiseManOnceSaid

Run on sentence?

The Bizness

AHHHHHH YOU used the s word! Your comment will be deleted in 5, 4, 3, 2,....

Thank goodness the children won't be corrupted now ;)

2cents's picture
2cents

LOL, 1 Oops, still there : )

The Bizness

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Personal attacks (including: name calling, presumption of guilt or guilt by association, insensitivity, or picking fights).

2cents's picture
2cents

ROFLMAO, still there!

goofus

I wonder if the independent street corner pharmaceutical sales representatives use Form 8300

deertracker

Ask one!

John Harville

goofass.... ask yours.

William Jeffers...

These people should be deported back to the United States and forced to live under the Obama regime.

tk

My husband and I were in there less then a month ago. One of the waitresses, a very good one, rattled some plates and the little jerk behind the register came out yelling at her in front of everyone. He made more of a commotion then she did.

Spieth's picture
Spieth

Does anyone know, did Bobby Gonos move back to Greece? That would be Chris and Kooleys dad. My dad and Bobby had a late night card game hall (windows blacked out) going back in the late 80's. They would have me watch Chris and Kooley (Kryiakos) sometimes.

God Of Thunder

So is Dianna's and The Depot shut down/closed???? just curious..Never ate at either one.

Centralohioan

Nice house. Dianna's always had good food. Here's one more reason why we should move to a consumption tax - not a flat tax. The more money you have, the more you spend, even if by illegal means. You make it, you'll spend it, and the amount of tax paid increases as you purchase more. You make less, you buy less, you pay less. Too simple. Does away with the graduated tax brackets and this ridiculously complex tax system that we currently deal with every year. Makes too much sense - that's why it will never happen.

OldTiger

Krissy3, as I mentioned in my comment I no longer work for them and I can't speak for the others but I'm guessing they still work for them because they need a job considering the bad economy. Trust me they are getting
Out of there soon. The boys weren't drug addicts... But they sold drugs. So is that really any better? Although I don't see why they need to when they have all this money. Some of the guys were worse than the others. They cause scenes in both of the restaurants. Even my regular customers told me awful comments they have made through out the years discriminating women and Americans. One incident I witnessed was when a regular customer was finishing his cup of coffee when we were closing and was trying to have small talk with the bobby. (The father of the family) Bobby ended up saying and I quote his exact words. The way I look at it Flannel * he pointed to the customer* cashmere *pointed to himself* if it wasn't for us you Americans would starve. That is just one of the incidents I have witnessed and know about. They embarrass there employees and there customers. I told them they were going to piss off the wrong person one day. To all of you who don't know them and are sticking up for them, you are entitled to your own opinion but let's just say there is more to this story and the truth will come out. And for those of you who are sticking up for them and actually know them.. Then that's nice of you for being a good friend.. But if you truly know them then you know there capabilities.

John Harville

A gay old time in Sandusky!!!

OldTiger

Krissy also I believe they did help out charities to make themselves look good. They are very Munipulative. I also know of when I regular customer of years who helped opened the restaurant every morning suddenly passed away... We started a donation for his family and to get flowers from him. We just asked our regular customers at the depot and employees and the owners wouldn't allow it.. Why? They said because everyone dies and we shouldn't sympathize his death. True words of wonderful people. Also a fraction of there money goes to paying people off so they don't take them to court. What about the affairs the father got caught having with employees through out the years? I can keep on going. Nothing anyone can say can fix all of re horrible things they have done to people.

Krissy3

Old tiger, there was no way to make themselves look good because they simply dropped off money as a donation. They always cater our events but they just bring the food and drop it off before the event starts. We don't put their names anywhere or anything, so it's not like they are getting publicity. I'm only talking about two of the boys when I say they too by the way. I don't know the others and can't speak on what they do or don't do but I have known these two since grade school and have been good friends with them. I spend time with them regularly and they are genuinely nice guys. Maybe they are just nice to me, but I doubt it.

bobshumway92

Greeks are great sheep farmers.

Cowboy

But terrible tax contributors!

lifetimeresident

I always wondered how they got so rich selling 99 cent breakfast special. 2 eggs, 2 bacon or sausage, hashbrowns, very good, and toast for 99cents?

candleburner

Not sure if this has been posted or not - to many pages of comments to read thru - I am curious to know how the purchase of the old Ponderosa building ties into all of this. I know that they did buy it but it was constantly up for sale even after they bought it, like it never happened and now this. Just seems strange and I wonder if it's connected in any way

tell it how it is

Um, people...they were keeping their OWN money.
Get over it. They won't get in any trouble, as they shouldn't.

Gardenman

Well not its not all bad. The SR had just a few days ago all these folks in Erie County that are not paying their property taxes. What some $10+ million owed to Erie County governments.

I just wnet to the Erie County Auditors site and looked up these folks and they DO PAY their property taxes. YEP, on Jan 28, 2013 paid first half of taxes on ther $670,000 appraised home which was $5823.00 in taxes. Sooooooooo see they are paying property taxes just not IRS etc. Maybe they feel generousity begins at home so they are paying local taxes just not the Feds,,,,,,,,heck they will just waste it anyway. Uncle Sam gets so bent out of shape when you don't pay him first !!!

Krissy3

They weren't charged with tax evasion...

Kottage Kat

Where is the Depot located??

looking around

Evidently many here are not familiar with the way Greek families run their businesses. This is nothing new, I've seen this in multiple states and city's. Tight knit family business where the only outsiders are cheap labor and not involved in management. They pass down knowledge of how to scam the government from due taxes and network their business in a manner that they only do business with other Greeks (probably relatives) if at all possible and with as many cash transactions as possible. If you speak and understand Greek and happen to be able to hear them talk to each other when they think you can't understand them you would get a real education on how they do business and how they feel about their help and customers. Greek business men will often form a board of sorts to interview young Greek entrepreneurs seeking backing for their own business. The Greek Orthodox church is also very involved with this process. The tentacles reach far and wide. Doubtful they will go to jail, but they will pay taxes and fines.

pptrsha

I am jealous!!! they bought the house next to my rental filled it up with young people, I don't know their nationality but they charge them 300 bucks EACH a month to live there, they are all quiet don't cause problems and I wouldn't even have known it if they hadn't told my husband!! obviously they are smarter than me... I can barely cover my mortgage!

deertracker

Maybe you are just as smart but have better morals!?

starryeyes83

This so reminds me of the Casa Fiesta people and the raids for illegals a while back .... and People think these owners don't use these restaurants for fronts. HA!

Oh well, they just put the deeds into another relatives' name and start all over again. That's the way the game is played.

deertracker

Agreed!

starryeyes83

Wow, thanks. deertracker you hardly ever agree with me on anything.

deertracker

LOL!

Cowboy

Deportation!

Just Sayin IMHO

Innocent mistake or sinister plot? All we can do is wait and see how things play out. Take all the media with a HUGE FAT grain of salt, and if you have ever dealt with them, make your own assumption.I have never met them. But I can tell you that the Depot and Dianna's in sandusky do not have the good food like they did before.... the best one is the diannas in port clinton. Not sure what happened in the three years I have been back, but SOMETHING happened. The food is suffering from it. What ever it is, please fix it. I dont want to have to drive all the way to port clinton for the good food when it should be RIGHT here! I hope you all are not doing anything intently illegal. Yes, YOU, owners of Dianna's et al., I hope it was just an honest mistake. If not, how dare you? How dare you live an AMERICAN dream that some of us are struggling to achieve, and flaunt it in our faces by giving us cheap food in unsanitary conditions (the comment about health regulations has me alarmed - given what I was served one day from the grill)and then skim off the cash we are giving you to flaunt it even more. I hope I am wrong. I really do.

devilsadvocate

I don't understand - they are a family running three small mom and pop restaurants (whose food is cheap and plentiful) and they are clearing millions of dollars, have expensive cars and live in an expensive house. Do the math! Where is all this money coming from? Or do I have the wrong job? Guess I need to start a mom and pop diner.

Think Deeper

Cocaine.

Think Deeper

Couldn't happen to worse human beings. Let me add, haha.

KnowledgeIsPower

@ Think Deeper

It is clear that you have something against someone in this article above. Whatever the issue is should remain between the two parties involved. Coming onto the Sandusky Register & tarnishing ones reputation on false accusations is unfair and karma will get the best of you in the future. Whether it be 1 year from now or 50 years from now, I'm unsure.

There are two things that I do know: One is that you would not want people making up false accusations about you publicly without representing factual information along with your name.

Two is that you would not tell this to any one of those men's faces listed in the article above. Your acts today are cowardly. Personally, I do not wish bad things on my worse enemy. I always wish them the best. We are all sinners and we all make mistakes. If you are perfect then say whatever you want but if you are not perfect and you have made mistakes in the past then why don't you put a little effort into being respectful?

Just my personal opinions on your comments. Best wishes.

Weather.78

I couldn't have said it better. Agree with you.

KnowledgeIsPower

@ DevilsAdvocate

"I don't understand - they are a family running three small mom and pop restaurants (whose food is cheap and plentiful) and they are clearing millions of dollars, have expensive cars and live in an expensive house. Do the math! Where is all this money coming from? Or do I have the wrong job? Guess I need to start a mom and pop diner."

Maybe you do need to wake up and do the math.

The key to a profitable business is location. It is also to understand your customer (keep rates relative to product).

Let me give you a hint: Cedar Point, Lake Erie, RT. 250, Kelly's Island, Put N Bay, exe..... Traffic increases advertisement & advertisement increases business and businesses increases revenue and revenue increases profit.

A fountain soda costs 5 cents per 20 ounces for a restaurant owner. They normally, sale a beverage for 1.99. You will profit 1.50 on each fountain beverage sale (subtract some minor expenses). If you can attract 1,000 people into your establishment each day you will profit nearly $1,500.00 selling SPRITE and COCA COLA! (Cost of fountain soda per ounce via google search).

It seems to me like these businesses do a lot of sales via breakfast items. I would assume that Dianna's in Sandusky would do about 10,000,000 in revenue over this two year period from 2007-2009. Include Diana's Catawba and we are looking at 15,000,000 in revenue. I believe that this 1.8 million dollars that was not claimed is simply a mistake or ignorance to the laws.

The nice house that this man has is not surprising. The article states that he is 52 years old. I would estimate that house & property being worth approximately 1 million in this market. A man that is in his 50's deserves a nice home like this. I do not see anything wrong with this. I see that he purchased some "sports cars." People that are foreign tend to buy foreign cars and most people think that they are showing off or acting better than other people but really they are driving these cars for quality and safety not to show off. Typically, when you buy nice cars you take care of them and when you take care of them people tend to get jealous. I am pretty familiar with car sales & if you know the right people you can get a used BMW 5 series for the same price as your new lincoln. It seems to me that he was buying used cars and not new cars which typically means that you will have to pay cash. Sounds like good money management to me.

If you find the right location for a restaurant and you do not take advantage of it. Then yes, you are in the wrong line of business. Again location is key.

Krissy3

Agreed!

WhatTheHeck

Wake up and try to make a buck selling food. Your margins of profit are way, way exaggerated! It just ain't so

KnowledgeIsPower

I know a thing or two about sales sir. Steaks are bought at 3 dollars a piece and sold for 10 at most restaurants. Fountain drinks are where the major profits are made. 5 cents per 20 ounces and being sold at 1.99. You do the math my friend. Restaurants in high traffic locations or more lucrative than you think. Selling breakfast plates is also very lucrative when items are bought in bulk. You'd be surprised! I don't have anything more to say though. Some people get way too into the newspaper drama. I wish the family and business the best of luck.

Ned Mandingo

I find discusting that these scumbags " stormed" a really nice mans home with "assault rifles" over this. federal agents are out of control and need to be put back in their place. They are the ones that need to turn their guns in.
How can they be "busted" for having money at a airport when it is not illegal for to people to have $14,700 between the two of them.
This seems to be a case of stupid federal agents making a case out of nothing to try to steal a mans fortune. whoever put so much work to try to ruin this familys life must be a weak female dog.

happyfeet64

Ok so here's my 2 cents. Most businesses who make an attractive amount of money have an accountant or financial adviser. The majority of financial advisors are well versed in how to avoid paying taxes by allocating said monies into a tax shelter, which is what the majority of millionaires do with their $$. Now, here's the thing- since there are legal ways to stash your money(not moral but legal), why would you put your business and family at risk by diverting those funds into cash to be taken out of the country or making deposits under $10k to avoid any type of tax penalty to be paid? Are they that greedy, stupid or just arrogant enough to think it wouldn't be noticed? Personally, I think the only thing that'll happen to them is a hefty fine and payment of back taxes. Much ado about nothing.

Krissy3

Businesses make nightly cash deposits after they close or if they get a large amount of cash sometimes they will have someone run to deposit it so that in the event that they get robbed they do not have a lot of cash on hand. This family owns three businesses in which one of the family members is actively present at each business at all times. If each business is cashed out each night and deposit is made by the one working at say diannas, then later the depot is cashed out by another family member who was running that business that day, then the other business is cashed out by the family member running that business that day and they all go to deposit their sales after cashing out that is three separate deposits by three different family members a day. It's not reasonable to think one person is going to go and cash out all three businesses just to make one deposit.. The paper mentioned the deposits ranged from 2k on up, it's not like they were depositing 9500 every time just to avoid having a form filed!

bugsie01

They can remain open for business but who is going to go there? If you ask me they are done.

Krissy3

I will.

Kottage Kat

Me 2