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Somerset County, New Jersey, Man Sentenced to 10 Months in Prison for Failing to Report more than $500,000 in Income

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

TRENTON N.J. – The owner of a Manhattan pizzeria was sentenced today to 10 months in prison for filing tax returns in which he underreported more than $500,000 that he kept for his personal benefit, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Amadeus Manata, 57, of Warren, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Michael A. Shipp to an information charging him with one count of subscribing to false personal federal income tax returns. Judge Shipp imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

For the tax years 2005 through 2007, Manata filed individual income tax returns in which he claimed to report all of his income from his pizzeria, Pizza Pasta Etc. However, he intentionally omitted $563,343 in cash he had diverted from the businesses for his personal use, resulting in a tax loss to the United States of $190,712.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Shipp sentenced Manata to serve one year of supervised release and ordered him to pay a fine of $10,000. As part of his guilty plea, Manata agreed to make full restitution to the IRS for all losses resulting from his false tax returns.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jonathan D. Larsen, for the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lakshmi Srinivasan Herman of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Economic Crimes Unit.        


Defense Counsel: Arthur Zucker Esq., Hackensack, New Jersey

Updated March 24, 2015