UPDATE: Dianna's Deli owners indicted

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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

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...

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