Manalapan, new jersey restaurant owner pleads guilty, admits to false business and personal income tax returns
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 9, 2011
TRENTON, N.J. – The owner of a Manalpan, N.J., restaurant admitted today to subscribing to false corporate and personal federal tax returns, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Michael Logan, 44, of Jackson, N.J., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson to all nine counts of an Indictment charging him with making and subscribing to federal tax returns to the IRS that he did not believe to be true and correct as to every material matter. Counts One through Five relate to 2004 through 2007 corporate returns filed for Logan’s restaurant, Michael’s Cucina Italia. Counts Six through Nine relate to personal tax returns filed by Logan.
At his plea hearing, Logan admitted that he was the owner and operator of ITI, Inc. d/b/a Michael’s Cucina Italia, and that he underreported his gross receipts and sales: on his 2004, 2005 and 2006 corporate income tax returns; his 2007 corporate income tax return and partnership income tax return; and his 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 personal income tax returns.
The charges to which Logan pleaded guilty each carry a maximum potential penalty of three years in prison and a $100,000 fine. In addition, Logan has agreed to pay $158,245 in restitution to the IRS for all losses resulting from the offense. Sentencing is currently scheduled for October 3, 2011.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited IRS – Criminal Investigation, under the direction of Victor W. Lessoff, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Davenport of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Trenton and Tino Lisella of the Justice Department’s Tax Division.
Defense counsel: Frank Agostino Esq., and Michael Mattaliano Esq., Hackensack, N.J.