Dianna's and The Depot remain open

Five Gonos family members bond out
Apr 10, 2013

Federal authorities said they have no plans to shut down three local restaurants whose owners were indicted Monday on federal charges related to tax evasion and money smuggling. 

Armed agents from U.S. Homeland Security, Border Patrol and other federal agencies swarmed the Gonos family’s $671,000 Crosstree Lane home in Sandusky Monday morning. Five of the family members were later booked into the Lucas County jail 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.       

Those indicted are Haralambos Gonos, 52; Andreas Gonos, 28; Chris Gonos, 31; Kryiakos Gonos, 30; and Sofia Skoura, 52. All five posted bond just hours after they were indicted.  

Haralambos and Skoura posted $100,000 apiece, while Andreas, Chris and Kryiakos each posted $30,000 bond.  

The Register made several attempts to get the family’s side of the story Tuesday, but Haralambos’ 17-year-old son said he doesn’t think his father wants to talk.

The family owns the Dianna’s Deli restaurants in Perkins Township and Port Clinton, as well as the Depot Family Restaurant in Sandusky. 

They’re accused of making multiple cash deposits of less than $10,000 each, over a period of years, to avoid federal laws that require certain reporting on banking transactions. According to the indictment, filed in U.S. Northern District Court in Toledo, the government is now trying to seize about $1.5 million in assets from the family. 

Haralambros and Skoura were also indicted on an additional charge of conspiracy to engage in bulk cash smuggling. When U.S. Customs agents stopped the pair in January at Detroit Metro Airport, they were headed to Amsterdam carrying about $14,800 between the two of them, according to the indictment. Federal law requires travelers inform customs agents if they’re carrying more than $10,000. 

The indictment accused the family members of depositing amounts of less than $10,000 into bank accounts from 2007 to 2009, as well as more than 200 deposits at various banks since 2005, totaling more than $1.8 million in cash. 

Michael Tobin, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Justice, said investigators have no plans to close down any of the restaurants owned by the family. 
As of Tuesday, both Diana’s Deli restaurants and the Depot Family Restaurant were still open for business. 


BW1's picture

It's simple - capital is not allowed to move freely, and yet they say it's a free market economy.

Mr Kilbourne

Wrong, large amounts of cash leaving a country usually is a sign of terrorist funding or financing, or tax evasion.


Greedy selfish people always complain about perfectly reasonable regulations. You can move the money, but you gotta report it. And you gotta pay your taxes. The People have a legitimate interest in knowing how much currency is moving in and out, and ensuring taxes get paid. Tax cheating is a big contributor to the federal deficit - like $3TRILLION in the last 10 years - and it's hurting all of us.

Mr Kilbourne

Well said!


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”.


tell it how it is


tell it how it is

"Greedy selfish people"?
You mean hard working people who earned their OWN money instead of getting "paychecks" from the government? GASP! You must not have know that was possible, huh?

Find the real reason for the deficit and stop blaming people who want to keep THEIR money instead of redistributing it to low life scums.

BW1's picture

Being greedy or selfish is not a crime, except in a marxist dictatorship.

BW1's picture

"Tax cheating" is a drop in the bucket compared to all the handouts of which you're so fond.

BW1's picture

It might be, but that doesn't change the fact that it's tyrannical control over the movement of capital.


I always said we don't sell enough eggs to buy a benz!

looking around

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 Remarks that discriminate based on age, race, religion, disability, etc..

looking around

Don't know how any of this is read into my post? I simply stated the facts of how these investigations have been launched and that other Greek families have also been indited for doing the same thing. Their direct connection to Greece and Greek banks is a fact. I'm sure other ethnic background people may be doing similar activity in sending money back to their country of origin. It just happens in this case to be Greeks. Their was no name calling, or presumption of guilt or guilt by association, insensitivity or picking of fights and Remarks that discriminate based on age, race, religion, disability, etc.. These were facts of the story and similarity to other Greek businessmen that as of late have become subjects of interest with authorities. Anyone that shows a lifestyle beyond visible means draws attention to themselves I don't care where you come from. In cases similar to these when accounts off shore indicate a greater source of income than reported at the origin of income bells and whistles sound and investigations are launched. Yes you are still Innocent until proven guilty but speculation is a form of free speech on these blogs.....I don't see those who speculate drug trade having their comments removed. Maybe the moderator was Greek and just didn't like the facts as stated by their own editors pertaining to the origin of this family.

looking around

Even Al Capone couldn't get away with it.....that's how they got him, Tax Evasion! Go ask the feds that are auditing the banks of Greece what they are finding in the personal accounts of Greeks doing business in the U.S. and depositing monies in Greek accounts.....the math don't add up in many cases and that's just a fact that has opened the doors for further investigation. As stated in the post that was removed....It's the tip of the iceberg!

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Al Capone was a creature born of excessive government. Without Prohibition, an illegitimate effort to tell people what they could put in their own bodies, there would never have been a mafia.

looking around

Wasn't so much about alcohol as it was money.....

BW1's picture

The money was there to be made because of the ban on alcohol.


I was thinking they wouldn't be shut down. If they did, the Gov't would lose even more money for the lack of new reported tax revenue. This should shake them up enough to empty their pockets. Make no mistake they paid tons of taxes over the three restaurants over the many years they operated, the Gov't would be at a loss to completely put them out. The Gov't now owns that family. Lesson: pay what you owe it's cheaper in the long run. The family will leave with a huge fine, court costs, and lots to repay, AND a felony record. All over non-payment of their fair share. Not sure why the Gov't doesn't catch this behavior and fine the company immediately? It's possible to get side tracked? If this was a baby factory with a drug abuse problem the Gov't would have PAID THEM to rehab and retrain them all while giving them support$...


Big Brother is watching everything we do. There is no privacy in our computer age.


So true!


I don't see anything wrong with what they are doing. Each of us as a human know that we would do the same thing. As far as I'm concerned its their business if they only want to put $9000 in the bank at a time..


Big government is monitoring everything. You can't even make deposit and withdrawals anymore of your own money. What is this country coming to. There must be more to this story.

BW1's picture

No, there doesn't have to be more. That's the nature of the structuring laws - trying to keep your affairs private is a crime.

The Big Dog's back

Oh boo hoo. A civilized society has laws.

BW1's picture

Yeah, poochie, the Soviets, Nazis, and Khmer Rouge had laws. I suppose their opponents were crybabies too.

looking around

Anyone else think the mugshot of Haralambos looks similar to that of Saddam Hussein? LOL brothers by different mothers?


And to be honest with you all , there food at either place isnt all that great , so to think that they could make deposits like the ones in this staory in itself raises suspentions
I guess one would have to sit back and look at the whole piture to understand where the feds are coming from and then decide .

Crazy Girl

So I guess they still have plenty of cash to be able to post all of that bail money within only a couple hours!! The article doesn't say that they were allowed to post the ten percent.


Encouraging to note that "Michael Tobin, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Justice, said investigators have no plans to close down any of the restaurants owned by the family", since they have not been proven guilty of ANYTHING ! This whole mess may just be about civil "forfeiture" wherein the gov't doesn't even have to prove it's case anyway.


How come all these armed raids after Obama took over.