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Owner Of Danbury Restaurant Pleads Guilty To Tax Evasion

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DANBURY, Conn. -- A 47-year-old Danbury man pleaded guilty Tuesday to evading federal taxes by not reporting millions in gross receipts from his restaurant, Augie’s Numero #1, to the IRS.

Agostino Incorvaia, of Danbury, waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden in Bridgeport to one count of tax evasion, said U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daly and William P. Offord, Special Agent in Charge of IRS Criminal Investigation in New England.

When sentenced July 7, Incorvaia faces a maximum of five years in federal prison and a fine of up to $100,000.

As part of his guilty plea, he has agreed to pay $396,650 in back taxes, as well as interest and penalties.

According to court documents and statements made in court, from 2007 to 2012, Incorvaia failed to report to the Internal Revenue Service $2.65 million in gross receipts generated by the restaurant he operates in Danbury.

During the investigation, Incorvaia admitted to an undercover IRS agent that he understated the restaurant’s gross receipts on his income tax returns and provided false numbers to his accountant, that he had a large group of off-the-books employees, and that a portion of the unreported receipts supported his business interests and properties, including those in the Dominican Republic.

His admissions, which were recorded, were corroborated by the restaurant’s “point of sale” system, which was seized pursuant to a search warrant.

In pleading guilty, Incorvaia admitted that he evaded payment of income taxes when filing his joint income tax returns for the 2007 through 2011 tax years.

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