NH pizza shop bookkeeper charged with conspiracy to commit tax evasion
MANCHESTER — After a search that was connected with a New Hampshire state representative who is also a Manchester alderman, a New Hampshire woman is being charged with conspiracy to commit tax evasion.
Maria Panourgias, a bookkeeper and tax preparer for Zoey's Pizza and Stylianos "Steve" Asprogiannis, were indicted with committing tax evasion through falsely reporting actual taxable sales and causing false or misleading representation to auditors related to her ability to obtain requested records.
State Rep. Thomas Katsiantonis' home and business was searched at the same time, but he has not been charged.
The indictment states that Panourgias, 60, committed such acts on or about Oct. 1, 2015, through Dec. 31, 2016.
During the time of the evasion, Asprogiannis and Panourgias met together with auditors, failed to provide requested documentation, avoided a field audit interview, and produced false and misleading documents in an attempt to impair or impede the DRA audit, according to the indictments.
From October 2015 to the end of May 2016, Panourgias allegedly falsely reported Zoey's Pizza's taxable sales to the Department of Revenue resulting in misapplication of around $11,683.19 in meals and rental payments.
During 2016, Panourgias filed Zoey's Pizza's business tax returns from the years of 2015, 2014 and 2012, all containing falsely reported actual taxable sales resulting in additional tax due and owning of approximately $84,000, according to the indictments.
NH1 News will provide more updates on the case as they become available.