Metaxas indicted by Attorney General’s Office

By Shaun Moriarty
Citizen Chronicle Writer
shaun@thecitizenchronicle.com

STURBRIDGE — The former owner of a popular eatery has been indicted after allegedly failing to pay $114,000 in taxes, according to authorities.

Theodore Metaxas, 53, of Southbridge, was indicted on Jan. 25 by a Suffolk Superior Court Grand Jury on the one count of Willful Failure to Pay Over Tax and one count of Willful Delivery of a False Tax return, according to a press release yesterday from Attorney General Maura Healey. The charges stem from an investigation that began in August upon a referral to the Attorney General’s Office from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR).

Authorities claim that between 2011 and 2014, Metaxas, the former manager and owner of Enrico’s Brick Oven Pizzeria, located in the Boardwalk strip mall at 500 Main Street in Sturbridge, was dishonest in his tax filings. DOR’s Audit Division first noticed irregularities in the restaurant’s meals tax returns in 2014, while performing a meals tax audit.

“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,” Healey’s office said in a statement. “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.”

Metaxas is scheduled to be arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court on Feb. 5. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Peter A. Mullin of the Attorney General’s White Collar and Public Integrity Division. Mullin is being assisted by the DOR’s Criminal Investigations Bureau, Healey’s office said.

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