NH GOP chair rips Democratic state rep, alderman facing charges, says he shouldn't vote
The Chair of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee is slamming a Democratic state representative for his refusal to resign amid tax evasion and theft charges.
NH GOP Chair Jeanie Forrester released a statement Friday saying at the very least Democratic candidates in the city should ask Thomas Katsiantonis, 44, of Manchester, who is also an alderman, to refrain from participating in matters that affect taxpayers.
"In light of this new revelation about his unpaid taxes to the city, state senate hopeful and city Alderman Kevin Cavanuagh and Mayoral candidate Joyce Craig should immediately call for his resignation, or, at the very least, call on Katsiantonis to cease all participation in matters that pertain to the finances of the city affecting the taxpayers," Forrester wrote.
Katsiantonis is accused of taking over $277,000 in monthly meals and rentals tax payments from June 1, 2011, through Dec. 31, 2016, as the owner and operator of Grand Slam Pizza. He is also accused of stealing over $146,000 in such payments from May 1, 2015, through Dec. 31, 2016, as the owner and operator of Tommy K's Restaurant and Bar.
Along with the alleged money stolen, Katsiantonis also attempted to evade business profits taxes resulting in additional tax due, owing committed during a recent Department of Revenue Administration audit of Grand Slam Pizza and related to false statements made on Tommy K's liquor license renewal application, Assistant Attorney General Patrick J. Queenan said.
Katsiantonis faces four counts of tax evasion, two counts of theft, one count of falsifying physical evidence and one count of unsworn falsification.
“Manchester Democrats are imploding. Despite a recent indictment on tax evasion charges totaling $423,000 and owing thousands in unpaid property taxes to the city of Manchester they are silent in exchange for his vote to override the city tax cap in the upcoming budget meeting on Tuesday evening at City Hall," Forrester wrote.
On Wednesday, Katsiantonis paid more than $10,000 in overdue property taxes owed on his home, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader.
He told the paper he does not plan to seek reelection.
Katsiantonis has not attended a session of the New Hampshire House of Representatives since Jan. 4. Authorities conducted an investigation at his home and businesses on Feb. 14.
The theft charges against Katsiantonis are class A felonies, which are punishable by up to 7½ to 15 years in prison. All other felony offenses charged against Katsiantonis are class B felonies punishable by up to 3½ to seven years and the class A misdemeanor offense of unsworn falsification carries up to a $2,000 fine and a year in jail.
Katsiantonis has an arraignment scheduled for June 15.