FBI, Border Patrol agents descended, serving search warrant

Known more for its multi-million-dollar homes, a gated Sandusky community played host to a federal raid Monday as armed agents descended on one house in hopes of uncovering an alleged scheme involving tax evasion and international money-smuggling.
Emil Whitis
Apr 9, 2013

 

The suspects, members of the Gonos family, own the Dianna’s Deli restaurants in Perkins Township and Port Clinton, as well as the Depot Family Restaurant in Sandusky.  

Armed with assault rifles and a search warrant, agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S. Border Patrol and the Department of Homeland Security-Office of Inspector General stormed the family’s $671,000 home at 858 Crosstree Lane at about 8:30 a.m.  

Haralambos Gonos, 52; Andreas Gonos, 28; Chris Gonos, 31; Kryiakos Gonos, 30; and Sofia Skoura, 52, all of Crosstree Lane, were all indicted in U.S. Federal Court on charges of conspiracy to structure financial transactions to evade filing currency transaction reports and conspiracy to structure financial transactions to evade filing form 8300. 

In short, the indictment alleges they were making cash deposits of less than $10,000 apiece to dodge federal laws on reporting banking transactions. 

According to the indictment, investigators are now trying to seize about $1.5 million in assets from the family, including two high-end sports cars. 

Haralambos, owner of the Dianna’s Deli restaurants and the Depot restaurant, was indicted alongside Skoura on an additional single count of conspiracy to engage in bulk cash smuggling. 

A caravan of about 14 unmarked federal vehicles screeched down Crosstree Lane shortly after dawn, stopping outside the Gonos home, where agents jumped out with guns drawn and surrounded the place, witnesses said. 

“I was just sitting here and all of a sudden all these cars come speeding down the street,” neighbor Neal Sabino said. “They came loaded for bear — flack jackets and all.” 

When Neal and his wife, Nancy Sabino, went out to check on the commotion, agents ordered them to go back inside. 

“Then this big guy with a SWAT uniform, holding an M16, said, ‘Please, go back in your house,’” Sabino said. “I’m just amazed. That kind of stuff isn’t supposed to happen around here.” 

Agents went into the home and quickly emerged with a woman. Border Patrol agents escorted the woman to an SUV, then drove her away from the scene. 

Sabino said he never knew the Gonos to be violent or troublesome. 

“They just kind of kept to themselves,” he said. 

Still, there was one thing kind of strange, Nancy recalled. Almost every summer before the family headed back to their native Greece, a large shipping container would appear in front of the the Gonos home. The container would sit there for a few weeks. Then, just as it appeared, it’d be gone, she said. 

Erie County commissioner Bill Monaghan, who lives two doors down from the Gonos family, said he left at about 7 a.m. Monday and noticed two Border Patrol SUVs parked outside the neighborhood.  

“I was thinking, ‘I wonder what these guys are doing over here,” he said. 

He soon had his answer. When he returned home about an hour later, there were about a dozen cars parked outside the Gonos home.  

“Texas license plates, Illinois license plates, Michigan license plates,” Monaghan said.  

According to a federal indictment released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Haralambos and Skoura got busted by U.S. Customs agents in January at Detroit Metro Airport, carrying a total of $14,736 between the two of them. They were trying to board a flight to Amsterdam. Federal law demands travelers carrying more than $10,000 report it at customs. 

The federal indictment lists dozens of transactions in 2007, 2008 and 2009, most in amounts ranging from about $2,000 to $9,500. The indictment alleges “all of the Gonos family members regularly ‘skim’ cash generated from their restaurants, which they have used for personal purposes.” 

“Since 2005, the members of the Gonos family have made over 200 deposits totaling over $1.8 million in cash at numerous financial institutions,” the indictment states.

While depositing money into a bank account isn’t a crime, the method the Gonos family used to deposit their money was criminal, the indictment states.  

Federal law requires banks to report any deposit over $10,000. The Gonos made multiple deposits under $10,000 over a short period of time in order to avoid mandatory reporting, according to the indictment. Federal investigators said the deposits amounted to tax evasion. 

Dianna’s Deli in Perkins Township was still taking orders at 7 p.m. Monday. 

It’s unclear if all five family members have been arrested and, if so, where they’re being held. U.S. Attorney spokesman Mike Tobin did not return multiple voicemails left Monday at his office.

Comments

The Don

I wonder when the younger ones drug charges are coming!!?

Factitious

Federal income tax cheating is running over $300 BILLION per year. That's almost 1/3 of the deficit. It added THREE TRILLION DOLLARS to the deficit in the first decade of the 21st century.

So who would defend tax cheaters? Other cheaters?

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DEEPsix

Agents also were down at the marina... checking several boats... we were there at 0600 when 5 cars shot in.... The drug charges will come down the line soon.....

Think Deeper

Good to hear. Don't think Chris can buy his way out of this one.

Krissy3

Chris is only one of five!

Unassumer

This whole thing is wrong. The law that was made to deter drug smugglers and money launderers being used against these people. The tax laws that are designed to take as much money as possible from people. The assault rifles and raiding a business owner's home. If one can't move their own money around as they see fit, I see something very wrong with the system. These people are not criminals. Obviously, there are way more serious crimes for the FBI and Border Control to contend with. Sort of makes me glad I'm poor.

Ehovemom

I don't have a problem with taking cash to relatives. The issue is hiding money so you don't have to pay taxes on it. Just because you are wealthy enough to deal in huge amounts of cash does not give you the right to hide it so you can avoid the taxes that we all pay. I'll bet they drive those cars on roads our taxes paid for and pay to maintain. I bet they expect the fire department to come to fires and the police department to come if they are robbed. And they expect street lights on the streets where their businesses are! Everyone has to pay taxes to finance a civil society.

bullydogs1971

sorry i have to disagree....i like many others are done paying taxes to this government. So do you mind paying for drone stikes all over the world, killing thousands of civilian men, women and children? So you enjoy paying for illegal wars that have destroyed countries and civilian homes and have murdered millions? Do you enjoy your hard earned money going to the "to big to fail" banking cartels just so they can fail again? So you enjoy paying for a $500,000.00 one nite stay for mr Joe Biden in London a few weeks ago? The US infrastructure is pre 1960's and so is our poverty level....so you keep on paying those taxes boys and girls and watch this corrupt government keep on growin...me, i prefer to keep my hard earned money till washington/ohio gets their crap togther and start using YOUR tax money for the priorities that are more important than war and bailing out the rich. Cops and Fire, stay home...i got a "dog" and a hose!

mikel

like, like, like, like etc etc...........

Think Deeper

^If you don't pay taxes then get the eff out of our country.

The Big Dog's back

Agree 100% Adios teabaggers.

Now The Rest of...

mut they sound like typical democrappers, high rent neighborhood democrapper county commissioner as a neighbor....

bullydogs1971

guess it just doesn't sink in to your thick skull that our tax money funds CRIME! Do you have any idea that The IRS is a private, debt collection agency for the private banking system known as the Federal Reserve Bank....PRIVATE!!...THEY HAVE NEVER BEEN AUDITED, NOT EVEN BY OUR CONGRESS! i will never pay money to a government/private banking cartel that murders, steals, lies, and cheats the people of this great county every minute of every day and is never held accountable for its crimes against humanity....we spend more money on bombs and warplanes killing millions worldwide with senseless wars... then we tax business to death to where they leave and take all our good jobs to China and elsewhere......and before you reply with ignorance, do us all a favor and do an honest study of the federal reserve and its origins!! you do know how to use google right? just for you i will give you a great link to get you started on the path to the truth....we are all being lied to!

Here it is in a nutshell. The IRS is a private, debt collection agency for the private banking system known as the Federal Reserve Bank. The IRS is not a government agency. I repeat, the IRS is not a government agency. Never has been, never will be.

The IRS is formerly the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) situated in and with authority only in the Philippine Islands (Trust Fund # 61), and moved into Puerto Rico (Trust Fund # 62). In the 1950’s, with the stroke of the pen, the BIR was transformed into the current notorious IRS and brought onto the 50 united States. This was done without any Congressional authority whatsoever. There is no Congressional authority for the IRS to exist and operate in the 50 states recorded anywhere in any law-books. Again, keep in mind, that the IRS is the “Private, debt collection agency for the private banking system known as the Federal Reserve Banks”.

http://ricoforsheriff.com/irs-li...

gene44870

amen and the thing that bothers me , is that they say they were scemming money from there bissiness , how can that be a crime , Its theirs , they earned it . The goverment iis now saying that we can do what we want with our money ? They need to read whats on the money . In God We Trust and legal tender for public and
private use .

concernedtruth

unassumer are you really that naive that you don't see what they had been doing, it is called TAX EVASION, THEFT, CHEATING, I have gone into both sandusky locations in the past and have always been asked to pay cash, that threw up a red flag for me and haven't been back there for years.

Maboom2Paul

I have been in both places and have always, every single time used a credit card.

Krissy3

So have I...I've never been asked to pay in cash.

Krissy3

They were not indicted for tax evasion or theft. They were indicted for making multiple deposits under 10k and not filing a form...

Think Deeper

How sure are you that they are NOT drug smugglers?

Maboom2Paul

It doesn't matter what the law intended, they still broke it.

8ballinthesidepocket

How'd the agents get in Sandusky's most exclusive and only gated community? Was it an inside job??

deertracker

That's not the only gated community or the most exclusive in Sandusky.

transplant

I got in there just to look around. Waited until someone opened the gate and just followed them in. Not so secure now, is it?

deertracker

Oh it's coming. All good things come to an end.

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.

FlyBoy86

"Still, there was one thing kind of strange, Nancy recalled. Almost every summer before the family headed back to their native Greece, a large shipping container would appear in front of the the Gonos home. The container would sit there for a few weeks. Then, just as it appeared, it’d be gone, she said."

You use containers to ship cars and personal affects. It's much cheaper to Ocean Freight goods than to Air Freight them. It would only cost a couple grand to ship it Ocean. It would take about a month to get there, but it's cheaper than Air Freight.

William Jeffers...

If the law states one must report over $10,000 deposited, then depositing less than $10,000 is not a violation, also if not allowed to carry over $10,000 each traveling, then it is mathematically possible for 2 people with a combined $14,736 to also not be in violation. There is something else going on here or more to the law then has been stated like an aggregate amount ??

FlyBoy86

I think where they are getting at is the entire amount of the transaction where they received money was greater than $10,000.00 USD. By not declaring the entire transaction amount on 8300, it looks like laundering. In regards to the aviation question, they should clarify and state that it's the entire reservation cannot be greater than $10,000.00. If they were both traveling under the same reservation, then they would be in violation. Remember, when at the airport in a sterile area, you are subject to greater scrutiny as you are on "Federal Government Property". It'll be an interesting case for sure.

Krissy3

I can pretty much guarantee their cheap food did not bring in 10k in cash per day, certainly not in a single transaction. We have a retail business and we do far more credit card transactions than cash. I'd say average cash transactions for the day is about 3-4k and maximum is about 8k (which is usually around Christmas). I don't see why they would have even needed to file a form 8300.

Krissy3

And while they are alleging the family was skimming they are not being charged with tax evasion.

KnowledgeIsPower

Your retail business is not a restaurant ma'am. There is no comparison to be done here in regards to your retail business. It just is not relevant. Diana's Deli is located on St. Rt. 250 which catches massive amounts of Cedar Point & Lake Erie tourist traffic. In the winter months I would assume that they do about 3-4k per day & maximum 10 during the holidays. However, during the summer, that place is jam packed. The parking lots and seats are always full when I drive by. The last time that I was there I ordered 2 meals. 2 burgers with 2 orders of fries & 2 coca colas. The bill came out to about 22 dollars. I would assume that they get about 1200 customers per day in the summer at about 9-13 dollars each. Your figures are way off and their food isn't cheap. It was actually extraordinary relative to the price unlike that "Bistro" in the area.

Krissy3

I pass Diana's on my way to and from work everyday and I have never seen it packed. Maybe they are packed in the evenings after I get off of work or maybe on the weekends but I have never seen the kind of traffic you are talking about, other than during the summer months when all of Sanduskys retailers do better business...

Krissy3

And I was saying that's what OUR business averages in cash and credit on a daily basis, not theirs, so no my figures aren't off...

Random Thoughts

Story makes it sound like the New World Order has arrived. Were there also soldiers there with blue helmets? Seriously though, yesterday's Register article said it was the IRS there searching (tax case). Now it's the FBI. Tomorrow it will be the DEA (with blue helmets). Check your facts Register.

Brainiac2007

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Brainiac2007

Still=stiff

tzu4u

This is scary. I hope this family gets a good lawyer and fights this case. I find it terrifying that our government is pouring over our financial transactions looking for deposits under 10,000.00 when our elected officials stash their money in off-shore accounts. Big Brother is watching YOU.

Bankers brought this country down, and not one has gone to jail. But a restaurant owner is having his property confiscated for how often and where he deposits his money?????

Factitious

Agree that Wall Street Cheaters deserve the same treatment or worse, but can't see any defense to anyone's large-scale cheating.

Think Deeper

There's more to the story than just the money.

Krissy3

Really, then what is it? No tax evasion charges, only supposedly conspiring to structure deposits under 10k and trying to take over 10k between 2 people to a country where the have a home, family, and tend to stay for long periods at a time.

PussycatPatrol

Is this the same people who own Dianna's Deli in Avon Lake?

SamAdams

I agree: Tax evasion is a crime. But this? This sounds a lot more like government meddling in private finances than it resembles anything else. And yet there's a full-blown SWAT team, felony indictments, and probably more on the boards. In the absence of tax evasion, the only crimes committed here seem to me to have been committed by the feds! And to think we used to be free...

Krissy3

Agreed! They are being charged for conspiring to structure bank deposits? For taking over 10k between two people to a country where they have a home, family, and tend to stay for weeks or months when they go? For buying cars with cash? For having more than one bank account between 5 people and 3 businesses?

The Big Dog's back

Stop it already sam.

theconcernresident

yeah its pretty sad these boys have to go thru this im not sure where these people are coming up with drug smuggling either these boys are not criminals they are hard working Americans that made deposits of their hard working dollars and not of more than 10,000 hmmm the government just wants more of their money its funny how they say they took money from Dianas I mean it is their place of business who don't take money from their own hard earned money

Think Deeper

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theconcernresident

yeah its pretty sad these boys have to go thru this im not sure where these people are coming up with drug smuggling either these boys are not criminals they are hard working Americans that made deposits of their hard working dollars and not of more than 10,000 hmmm the government just wants more of their money its funny how they say they took money from Dianas I mean it is their place of business who don't take money from their own hard earned money

deertracker

Where are they coming up with all this cash? Their restaurants do accept credit cards. If some of you weren't so anti-government you would see something is fishy here. PAY ATTENTION! The gig is up and now you are BUSTED!

mikel

tracker - whenever i go out to eat i pay cash.

deertracker

Does your bill come to 10k?

Krissy3

Nope mine doesn't come up to 10k and I doubt they bring in over 10k in CASH sales at a single business in 24 hrs. I tend to use my debit card pretty often when I eat out only because I don't usually carry much cash on me and most people I know don't either.

deertracker

It's amazing and comical how some of you are just willing to look the other way if the people are rich but if your common criminal gets busted you same people are judge, jury and executioner. I can't say these are bad people but they just may be doing something illegal. Don't you have to follow the laws? I do. What exempts these people? Their looks? Please??

Think Deeper

People are mad because they have to go somewhere else for drugs now.

Krissy3

They don't sell drugs! At least the ones I know don't. 2 out of 5.

The Big Dog's back

You are so right deertracker. I don't know what it is that these people would fall on a sword for the rich. Somebody explain it to me. These people are cheating your children, your community, out of tax money.

Darwin's choice

All those law enforcement people have to justify their jobs........but the real criminals in Washington are exempt......!

The Big Dog's back

The "real" criminals? Why are the rich exempt from obeying the law?

Centauri

The storm troopers come after the unarmed citizens with assault rifles while the corrupt government officials are ignored and get a free pass.

Cowboy

Time for deportation!

Think Deeper

Yeah, better not arrest any thieves, wife beaters, or drug dealers. There are crooked politicians that exist. Is this really your point?

Cowboy

Just hop on the bus Gus! Make a new plan Stan!

Cowboy

Time for deportation!

Truth or Dare

Maybe when the Govt. starts following their own laws/rules that they pass and enforce, rather than hypocritically enforcing them.... if you don't think there aren't BILLIONS being transported into offshore bank accounts to avoid paying taxes on profits, you live life with blinders on. Large corps./businesses do this everyday. Pharmacutical companies are really good at it,

You know what else they do, they scam illegal documentation for human trafficking purposes, bringing others into this country to work for them and in some cases never hold up their end of the bargain. Fair pay, a decent place to live. Some companies didn't anticipate their slave labor to rise up and seek representation, to be brave enough to testify. The results? Millions paid in restitution, a black mark against the business, but nothing confiscated as they're trying to do here for a measly 1.5 Million. Can't do that, it would upset far too many big businesses, their investors and would ruffle political feathers!

deertracker

Sounds like some of the same was going on here. It is not illegal to use an offshore acct but that is not the issue here. A measly 1.5 million? Wow!

Think Deeper

So everybody can do whatever the hell they want, lie murder cheat steal? Is that your point?

THED0N

That is a lot of cash to hide.

Think Deeper

Cocaine is a helluva drug.

laker1

Interesting. A family with no history of violence but issues with sums of money going out of the country in ammounts smaller than $10,000 per transaction. It took 14 vehicles, and an untold number of armed men with unlimited firepower to issue a warrant. Maybe they could have used the local Sheriff and a couple deputies and 1 or 2 federal agents. Now its reported they want to confisgate their real estate and personal property including vehicles. Maybe we are living in a foriegn country like Cuba or the former Soviet Union. I thought one had to be convicted of a crime before the government can take anything including your freedom. Of course, in the new USSA we see the government confisgating large banks, auto companies and not compensating the stock holders. It is said we now live in a post Constitutional Country and we have no civil rights.

Think Deeper

No history of violence? I personally saw one of the sons literally spit in a woman's face. Ask any bar around this town. They know.

Krissy3

You saw ONE of them spit in someone's face? There are 5 people involved in this, not one. Last time I checked spitting in someone's face is disrespectful and disgusting, not necessarily violent.

CP_bay

Time to investigate for illegal immigrants working in all their restaurants

OSUBuckeye59

As I wrote in a separate posting, the family put themselves on the IRS radar when with the simple and relatively inexpensive help of a CPA or Tax Attorney they could've stayed out of the IRS cross-hairs.

In terms of our federal government confiscating large banks & auto companies yet "not compensating the stock holders", this is no different than what happens when a publicly-traded company goes bankrupt: there's a payout pecking order, and those who are holding common shares receive pennies on their stocks at best and zero payout at worst. When Enron's utter & total corrupt financial practices were brought out into the light of day and their stock dropped like water rushing over Niagara Falls, those employees and individuals investors holding common shares of stock didn't recover anything. This is why I like to call investing in the Stock Market legalized gambling...one can be on a great run yet have everything wiped out instantaneously.

The Big Dog's back

Get real laker1.

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2cents

So when I have to pull an EBT slip from the machine to clear it, every time I put in real money to buy groceries, can I deduct that EBT because it was my $$ that were spent from my taxes in the first place. This country is out of control, please Mr. President, can I go with you for golf lessons on Air Force 1 at $180,000.00 an hour to operate?

The Big Dog's back

Big Dog's Law has been invoked.

The Big Dog's back

"bout time they started jailing these people. Clean out the rest of these rich neighborhoods. The rich think they are above the law. Jail "em.

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2cents

Starting at the Whitehouse?

Now The Rest of...

Including the high ranking democrappers who live there?

OSUBuckeye59

Large corporations hire and retain finance law experts who find and exploit the loopholes in our corporate tax structure, thus allowing these companies to legally reduce their tax liability at the federal and state level.

For businesses such as what the Gonos family as a whole run, they have to be squeaky clean when it comes to any financial transactions. My accountant has shared stories with me about how the IRS has "trip points" that, when "tripped", kick off a quick investigation to see if further action might be warranted. One example: let's say you've opened up a new business. Being a new business, your first few years may be lean, or outright unprofitable. But if in year 4, after 3 straight years of reporting losses, if you again report a loss, even minimal, your financial records have to be complete and spotless as you're almost assured to get audited as the IRS will be asking, "How can you stay in business if you keep losing money?"

With the Gonos family, from what little I've read in the SR article, I'm guessing they have been making numerous cash deposits, with each individual deposit being less than $10,000.00 in whole, but I'm guessing 2 or 3 of these deposits, with these 2 or 3 deposits being made within days of each other, summed together exceeded $10,000.00. If all of this is true, the Gonos family would then be required to file a form 8300. The law requires any person engaged in a trade or business who receives more than $10,000 in cash in any one transaction, or two or more related transactions, to report the transaction to the IRS within 15 days of receipt of the cash on Form 8300. The law also requires that a properly filed Form 8300 contains the correct cash payer's name, address and tax identification number, as well as the amount of cash received and the date and nature of the transaction. With the Gonos family, their frequent depositing of cash received from their restaurants would be seen by the IRS as same/similar events requiring the filing of form 8300.

All of the cash the Gonos have and have been depositing may be 100% earned from their restaurants. It may all be "clean". I have zero knowledge on this. Their only crime may be not having a good Accountant or Tax Attorney advising them.

Krissy3

Two or more related transactions within 24 hours or one transaction are the requirements. If they were doing it over a period of days the form is not required. Besides, the bank would have been required to fill out the form for the deposits, not the family. The family only needed to file the form if they made 10k in cash sales in 24 hours.

OSUBuckeye59

@Krissy3, thank you for the clarification and correction.

OSUBuckeye59

I did some more Internet searching and found the following:

Bank Secrecy Act, Anti-Money Laundering, Examination Manual, APPENDIX F: MONEY LAUNDERING AND TERRORIST FINANCING "RED FLAGS"

"The following are examples of potentially suspicious activities, or "red flags" for both money laundering and terrorist financing. Although these lists are not all-inclusive, they may help banks and examiners recognize possible money laundering and terrorist financing schemes. Management’s primary focus should be on reporting suspicious activities, rather than on determining whether the transactions are in fact linked to money laundering, terrorist financing, or a particular crime.

The following examples are red flags that, when encountered, may warrant additional scrutiny. The mere presence of a red flag is not by itself evidence of criminal activity. Closer scrutiny should help to determine whether the activity is suspicious or one for which there does not appear to be a reasonable business or legal purpose."

+ A person customarily uses the automated teller machine to make several bank deposits below a specified threshold.

+ A customer deposits funds into several accounts, usually in amounts of less than $3,000, which are subsequently consolidated into a master account and transferred outside of the country, particularly to or through a location of specific concern (e.g., countries designated by national authorities and Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF) as noncooperative countries and territories).

The rest of the information can be found here: http://www.ffiec.gov/bsa_aml_inf....

Just a wild guess on my part but I'm thinking . . . possibly . . . the family deposit/withdrawal/funds transfers might have been inconsistent with other similar types of restaurants doing business with the same financial institutions. Or I could be completely and utterly clueless. :-)

Krissy3

It's probably just because there are 5 different people involved all of whom probably have separate accounts making separate deposits. Say Andy ran the depot, kouly ran Diana's on 250, and bobby ran Diana's in PC. At the end of the night they all made their deposits into the bank. That would be 3 deposits in one night under 10k, maybe to different accounts. Not necessarily criminal, but would possibly raise a red flag.

25yr.resident

There's more to this than just tax evasion. SWAT? Are you kidding? Border Patrol? Tax evasion. Uh huh, and I voted republican the last 37 years....NOT! Look for a Lifetime movie about this soon.

Krissy3

They weren't even charged with tax evasion. They are charged with not filing a form!

MBR

That is what is so confusing. From what I have read, none of the individuals deposited more than 10 grand (which would need the form). Are their accounts considered to be “one entity” b/c they all work for/own the company?

The same with the airport situation in Jan. If each person was carrying $7,500, that is not an outrageous amount for travel and does not require documentation. So technically, they did not break the law. Although I do recall reading in another thread that if both of their names were under the same flight reservation, then that counts as being “one entity”.

OSUBuckeye59

@MBR, when family members travel together, only 1 declaration form is used for the entire family, and that's why the collective cash amount of greater than $10,000.00 was the issue.

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2cents

Well 25, maybe you voted for a first term Chicago Democrat, you know the guy that is our current president, never worked a real job in his life, loves golf and spends the money of the non 47% that do pay taxes just for fun! Life is great when you can do nothing and play all day.

Roger15

When are we going to see (The Honorable) Jon Corzine brought up on charges for the 1.5 billion FRNs he stole from customers at MF Global?? Oh, wait he's a big Obama donor. Well, maybe Eric Holder the Attorney General found in contempt of Congress for not answering Congressional subpoena? And so on and on and on.....God help our once great nation!

Roger15

Forgot to mention Larry Summers, Rubin, Greenspan, Geithner, Hank Paulson as well.

OSUBuckeye59

Why is it that every discussion at some point ends up with one or more Commenters going off-topic to rail about either Obama/Democrats/Liberals/Left-wing nut jobs or the GOP/Conservatives/Right-wing nut jobs? Is it really that difficult to stay on-subject?

eriemom

Thank you writing exactly what I was thinking OSU.

mikel

Nobody said that anyone had a $10,000 bill

Krissy3

Then they wouldn't be required to file the form they have been indicted for not filing...

doc5798a

Remember when they did the same thing to Romney because of his off shore accounts. I don't either.

thinktwice

If you can afford all of that, you can afford to pay your share and follow up with the appropriate paperwork. I pay my fair share and would be pressed to find a million bucks of income over 10 years alone a million or so to skim. They made the big money and they are only required to file on a portion of it. It doesn't appear that it was a matter of being able to pay their share it was they were trying to take more than their fair share. If all of the drug allegations are true, then well they all got what they deserved. AND it's a shame I loved their food. I always tipped fairly, guess that wasn't enough for them though.

pptrsha

tips go to servers not owners :)

Krissy3

The drug allegations are not true, at least for 2 of them. I don't know the others well and can't speak on what they do, but I know for a fact 2 of them do not sell drugs, can't stand junkies, and are constantly preaching about drug testing those who get welfare, how bad pills are, etc. Again, they have not been charged with tax evasion, only not filing these forms...

littlemary69

I looked up this paper they were to have filed. It has to do with the purchase of a car. If you pay cash for a car, you have to file this 8300 form with your taxes to the IRS that year and either the dealer didn't file it or they didn't. That is what got them in trouble and started this mess. Then because between two of them they had fourteen grand on them in cash when going to Greece, it sent off red flags because of the car purchases. I guess being rich is a crime these days, especially when you are young and Daddy is rich. Too bad for them. Now they have to go to trial and explain this in court. Given the last few cases the IRS and the Feds have had in courts lately, they sure haven't done to well. They have lost every one of them. So I wouldn't be too surprised if they lose this one too. Out in my neck of the woods in California, they lost their last three. Too bad. The Feds are just plain lost out there.

Krissy3

The individual selling the car would have been required to file the form since he or she was the one getting to 10k but the buyers info would have been listed on it.

pptrsha

I have worked at dianas and the depot when total sales for the day equal under 400.00 how long would it take to earn 10,000.?? drive by port Clinton and look at their empty parking lot and figure up sales of 10,000.
this is how we got paid at dianas and depot, at the end of the week you wrote on a piece of paper how many hours you worked with your name on it and they would keep 15.00 and give you the rest in cash... and at the end of the year you tell them what you want to pay taxes on....

Julie R.

The Erie County commissioner Bill Monaghan lives in this Sandusky gated community known for its multi-million-dollar homes? Wow, there must be good money in being a county commissioner! Of course, isn't he the brother-in-law of Kevin Baxter? If so, didn't they come into a lot of money when Dr. Baxter and his wife died? Must have been a lot considering how the probate court sealed the records in their probate estates.

8ballinthesidepocket

More of your mindless, pointless, spitefull, idiotic psychobabble! Go grind your axe about the Baxters somewhere else!

Julie R.

I have no ax to grind about the Baxters. I don't even know them. I don't know your Erie County prosecutor, either, other than the fact that he sure doesn't like to return phone calls when his attorney buds are involved in crimes against the elderly.

pptrsha

bill m's wife was the principal of Osborne school when my kids went there she has a phd in education all of baxters kids are educated and earned their own money aside from any inheritance I am not a fan of the baxters but they are all hard workers

Julie R.

pptrsha: You obviously missed my point.

Julie R.

I have some records the FEDS can look at. They show how crooks from an insurance company made half a dozen fraudulent transfers of money out of two IRA's (annuities) that had been given away as a gift years and years prior over to another IRA (annuity) that they changed the ownership on. When they had the two annuities down to less than $10,000.00 each they then cash surrendered them in on a forged power of attorney with bogus Erie County Recorder numbers faxed down the side of it.

Ned Mandingo

I find it very troubling that these jack boot thugs did a military style assault on their house. Bobby and his family are some great people, the thieves that sent their goons to his house are the criminals. Good luck in your battle against these socialist leaches.

jason2121

The charges were essentially conspiracy to avoid banking regulations. Conspiracy tends to be difficult to prove in a court of law, especially in a case like this where the claims of the feds are sketchy.

Sounds like the feds perceived that their authority was being usurped and were annoyed by it. Or they have a hunch that something criminal might have been occurring and used this raid as a front to investigate them further, hoping that something else shows up later in the search that is actually evidence of criminal activity.