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.



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



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.


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.


Why is it , that this dont surprise me


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.


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.


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?


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.


Non resident Alien? What exactly is that?


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

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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.


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?


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.


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


double post


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


Maybe had something to do with this?


Deport them!


an Amiercan can not be deported


What is am Ameirican?


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


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...


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.


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.