Skip to main content
Press Release

Former Owner of Giovanni’s Roast Beef & Pizza Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON – The former owner of Giovanni’s Roast Beef & Pizza in Saugus pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston to failing to report $800,000 in corporate and personal income to the IRS.    

Steve Konis, 70, pleaded guilty to two counts of aiding and assisting in filing false corporate tax returns. U.S. Senior District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock scheduled sentencing for Oct. 24, 2019.

Konis was the sole owner of Giovanni’s Roast Beef & Pizza in Saugus. From 2012 through October 2016, Konis underreported the gross receipts of Giovanni’s in order to reduce the federal income taxes owed by Konis and Giovanni’s. Konis accomplished this by diverting some of the restaurant’s cash receipts for his own benefit, paying for some supplies with cash, and paying a portion of his employees’ wages in cash. In addition, Konis failed to report all of Giovanni’s business expenses in order to make the false gross receipts he reported appear more realistic. As a result, Konis failed to report on cash receipts totaling approximately $800,000 and cash expenses of $312,000 on Giovanni’s tax returns. As a result, for tax years 2012 through 2015, Konis avoided paying corporate and personal taxes totaling $178,169.   

The charge of aiding and assisting the filing of false tax returns provides for a sentence of no greater than three years in prison, one year of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.  

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Kristina O’Connell, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigations in Boston made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark J. Balthazard of Lelling’s Securities and Financial Fraud Unit is prosecuting the case. 

Updated July 24, 2019