Greenfield restaurant owner sentenced for ‘cooking the books’

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A Montague man was sentenced on Friday in U.S. District Court for filing false income taxes with his restaurant from 2008 to 2012.

According to U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, 49-year-old Ioanis Dimitriou was sentenced to three months in prison, one year of supervised release and ordered to pay a $219,960 fine. He pleaded guilty in April of 2016 to 5 counts of filing false tax returns.

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. He owed more than $232,000 in taxes, and he’d only paid 5%.

NOTE: United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Joel P. Garland, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation in Boston, made the announcement on Friday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex J. Grant of Ortiz’s Springfield Branch Unit prosecuted the case.

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