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Former CFO of Claddagh Irish Pubs Parent Company Sentenced to Imprisonment for Defrauding States Out of More Than $1 Million in Sales Tax Revenue

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

CLEVELAND – Ciaran Dillon, 57, of Orlando, Florida, was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment and ordered to pay a $25,000 fine by U.S District Judge Christopher A. Boyko after pleading guilty to defrauding multiple states of sales tax revenue where the restaurant chain operated. Dillon, was the former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of CDG Acquisition, LLC (CDG), a company registered in the State of Ohio, which owned “The Claddagh Irish Pubs” chain of restaurants.

According to court documents, from January 2010 through May 2018, the defendant, acting in his official capacity as CFO of CDG, directed a company accountant to pay certain states less sales tax than the true amount owed. Based on the defendant’s instruction, the accountant would edit the company's sales and sales tax figures, file false tax returns and pay states the amount instructed by the defendant. In total, the defendant defrauded the States of Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin out of more than $1 million in sales tax revenue collected from CDG customers across fifteen restaurants.

The Court determined the defendant’s sentence after a review of factors unique to the case and the defendant, including the defendant’s role in the offenses and the nature of the crimes.

This investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cleveland Division. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Alejandro A. Abreu.


Thomas Weldon
(216) 622-3651

Updated February 22, 2024