NH state rep., Manchester alderman charged with stealing over $400K from his businesses
MANCHESTER — Authorities have arrested a Democratic state representative and Ward 8 alderman in Manchester for allegedly stealing over $400,000 from his local businesses.
Thomas Katsiantonis, 44, of Manchester, 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.
"Whenever one of our members is charged with an offense of any kind, they have a right to due process just like any other citizen," said House Speaker Shawn Jasper. "It is unfortunate that incidents such as these cast a shadow on the institution and the good things the our members have accomplished this session. The member from Manchester will have his day in court and an opportunity to be heard.”
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.
NH1 News has reached out to Mayor Ted Gatsas for comment and is awaiting a response.