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.
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.



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!


Agreed Unassumer!


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?


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!


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.


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


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!


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.


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?


Dang it just changed to Kasper's


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


I think so too


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

DEEPsix's picture

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

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


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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


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!


Explain the car purchase!


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.


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!


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?


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


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


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.


HaHa!!! no kidding!


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


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