- Office of Attorney General Maura Healey
Media Contact for Former Restaurant Owner Indicted for Failing to Pay State Meals Taxes, Filing False Tax Returns
Boston — The former owner of a pizza shop in Sturbridge has been indicted in connection with failing to pay more than $114,000 in state meals taxes and filing false Massachusetts meals tax returns, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.
Theodore Metaxas, age 53, of Southbridge, was indicted Thursday by a Suffolk Superior Court Grand Jury on the charges of Willful Failure to Pay Over Tax and Willful Delivery of a False Tax Return (1 count each). He will be arraigned on Feb. 5 in Suffolk Superior Court.
The AG’s Office began its investigation in August 2017 following a referral from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR).
Metaxas managed and later owned Enrico’s Brick Oven Pizzeria in Sturbridge. Authorities allege that between 2011 and 2014, Metaxas only reported his credit card sales to DOR and failed to report cash sales, which accounted for approximately 40 percent of Enrico’s total sales. As a result, authorities allege that Metaxas willfully failed to truthfully account for and pay $114,780 to the DOR in meals taxes collected from customers, and that he willfully filed meals tax returns which inaccurately represented the amount of Enrico’s sales.
These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Peter A. Mullin of AG Healey’s White Collar and Public Integrity Division with assistance from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue’s Criminal Investigations Bureau. The Audit Division of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue first noticed irregularities in Enrico’s meals tax returns in 2014, while performing a meals tax audit, and referred the case to DOR’s Criminal Investigations Bureau.