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Pizzeria owner gets jail time

Big Slice Pizza’s Gaeta sentenced for filing false income tax returns

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Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 10:38 am

CAMDEN – The owner of Big Slice Pizza on the Ocean City Boardwalk, was sentenced Sept. 21 to one year and one day in prison for filing false income tax returns.

U.S. District Judge Noel L. Hillman also ordered John Gaeta Jr., 55, of Cherry Hill, to serve one year on supervised and restitution in the amount of $85,522.

“Today’s sentencing of Mr. Gaeta is a reminder that IRS-Criminal Investigation will investigate and hold accountable those individuals who attempt to defraud our nation’s tax system,” said John Tafur, Special Agent in Charge, IRS-Criminal Investigation, Newark Filed Office.

Gaeta pleaded guilty on Oct. 23, 2017 to filing false tax return for the 2012 and 2013 tax years.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Gaeta was the owner and operator of Big Slice Pizza. He concealed his ownership of Big Slice Pizza by naming his wife as the owner event though she had no involvement in the business. Gaeta also caused his wife to report some of the income and expanses of Big Slice Pizza on her personal tax returns.

Gaeta admitted that for the years 2012 and 2013 he had filed false income tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service. He admitted that these returns were false because he failed to report approximately $375,882 in 2012 and $307,669 in 2013 of taxable income he earned from Big Slice Pizza. The $683,551 in total unreported income caused a tax due and owing to the government of approximately $85,522.

The investigation was conducted by IRS-Criminal Investigation, Newark Field Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge John Tafur and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, under the direction of U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito. 

Chuck Bangle, owner of Manco & Manco Pizza, another Boardwalk pizza establishment, was sentenced in 2017 to a 15-month prison sentence for failing to report income from his business.

Bangle was ordered to pay $248,560 in restitution. Bangle’s wife Mary was sentenced to three years’ probation for making false statements to the IRS and fined $3,000.  

Chuck bangle pleaded guilty to charges of evading taxes on his 2010 personal tax returns and to not reporting income inc2011. Bangle did not report $263,113 in taxable income and avoided paying $91,577 in taxes. 

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