Greenfield Restaurant Owner Sentenced for Cooking the Books
BOSTON – A Montague man was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Springfield in connection with filing false income taxes associated with his restaurant.
Ioanis Dimitriou, 49, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni to three months in prison, one year of supervised release and ordered to pay a fine of $219,960. In April 2016, Dimitriou pleaded guilty to five counts of filing false tax returns from 2008 to 2012.
Dimitriou was the owner of a restaurant in Greenfield, Mass. that generated a substantial amount of cash sales, which he took from the business and did not declare as income. Dimitriou systematically deleted records from his computer system and kept two sets of books that depicted the actual sales of the business and the sales disclosed on his tax returns. As a result, Dimitriou paid only five percent of the more than $232,000 in taxes that he owed.
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 today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex J. Grant of Ortiz’s Springfield Branch Unit prosecuted the case.