Greenfield restaurant owner pleads guilty to ‘cooking the books’

Sentencing was scheduled for August 30, 2016

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A Montague man pleaded guilty on Monday in U.S. District Court to 5 counts of filing false tax returns from 2008 to 2012.

According to U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, 48-year-old Ioanis Dimitriou took money from the restaurant he owned in Greenfield, and didn’t declare it as income.

Dimitriou deleted records from his computer and kept two sets of books that showed the actual restaurant sales and the sales on his tax returns. Ortiz said Dimitriou owed more than $232,000 in taxes, and he’d only paid 5 percent.

Ortiz said Dimitriou faces 3 years in prison, one year of supervised release and a fine of $100,000 and restitution. Sentencing was scheduled for August 30, 2016.

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