Case drags on for last Gonos defendant

The last defendant in a federal case involving the Gonos family’s financial crimes will not appear in court for another few months.
Sandusky Register Staff
Nov 12, 2013


Sofia Skoura, 52, is the only remaining defendant whose case is pending. Federal Judge Jeffrey Helmich originally gave Skoura until Nov. 10 to complete her plea negotiations.

Last week, attorney Joseph Wilson filed a request for an additional 60 days to conduct a pre-trial investigation.

“Matter has been referred to Pretrial Services to determine whether Defendant is eligible for pretrial diversion,” Wilson stated in the request. Pretrial diversion is a form of sentencing involving supervision and programs where defendants avoid criminal charges.

This is the fifth request for an extension in the case.



Why is she any better than the rest of them she needs to go to jail to…


Deport them all!

Peninsula Pundit

What 'crime' did they actually commit?
I'd bet neither of you can say.


The crime they pleaded guilty to. DUH!


That is what I want to know also. What crime was committed? How is it illegal to deposit less than $10,000 in banks or carry less than $10,000 per person if going into another country? My opinion is that the government went way overboard in going after this family.

I though that maybe splitting up the over $10,000 among several people was a way to avoid filing the required form. It is except for family members.
"Exceptions: Reports are not required to be filed by:
4) a person who is not a citizen or resident of the United States in respect to currency or other monetary instruments mailed or shipped from abroad to a bank or broker or dealer in securities through the postal service or by common carrier."

QUESTION: Are members of the Gonos family American citizens?
"How much currency / money / monetary instruments can I bring into the U.S.?
There is no limit on the amount of money that can be taken out of or brought into the United States. However, if a person or persons traveling together and filing a joint declaration (CBP Form 6059-B) have $10,000 or more in currency or negotiable monetary instruments, they must fill out a "Report of International Transportation of Currency and Monetary Instruments" FinCEN 105 (former CF 4790).

If assistance is required, a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer can help with filling out the form.

Please be aware, if persons/family members traveling together have $10,000 or more, they cannot divide the currency between each other to avoid declaring the currency."

QUESTION (EDIT): If assistance is required, did the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer offer to help with filling out the form(s)? Were the Gonos family members aware of these requirements to fill out the form? I have a feeling that somebody gave them incorrect advice.

Mobsters, terrorists and gang members could each carry $9999 and not be required to file the forms. Why do American citizens and residents get so severely punished by US laws? Land of the free? Not anymore.

"Dianna's Deli opens new spot in Port Clinton"
"Bobby Gonos, owner of Dianna's Deli Restaurant, operates three other chain restaurants in Avon Lake, Cleveland and Sandusky."
"Gonos opened his first restaurant, The Depot, in 1985, in Sandusky and later opened his first Dianna's restaurant in Cleveland in 1992."
"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."

QUESTION: Was this military type assault against the Gonos home necessary? If I recall correctly, a winery was also raided with military type tactics. Mark my words. Some innocent people will be killed by these jack-booted thugs.
"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."

"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."

QUESTION: Will any average Joe who deposits less than $10,000 into a bank be subjected to a raid and arrested?
"The money was deposited at numerous financial institutions, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio."

NOTE: Many people will deposit money in several banks if the FDIC (insurance) exceeds $250,000.
"Three in Gonos family plead guilty"

NOTE: Sometimes incompetent attorneys will urge innocent people to plead to made up charges. Corrupt prosecutors help to convict innocent people.
"Restaurants likely to remain open as Gonos family faces prison time."

NOTE: The Gonos family owns five restaurants. The other two are in Cleveland and Avon Lake.