Restaurant Owner Confesses to Tax Evasion

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A partner and manager of Sawa Sushi Asian Restaurants in Long Beach and Eatontown, Paul J. Wagner, 50 admitted to non-payment of taxes and fraudulent acquirement of Social Security benefits. Wagner confessed he submitted false personal income tax returns and to fraudulently securing Social Security disability and child’s insurance benefits for himself and his children while he was working at the Sawa restaurants. His confession follows that of his two partners and owners of the Sawa restaurants on August 2, Sin Chin Chang and Mou Chor Tang, who are brothers-in-law from Long Beach. They pleaded guilty to failing to pay payroll taxes. In addition, Mou Chor also admitted harboring illegal aliens from January 2007 till February this year.

Wagner was a partner and manager of Sawa Sushi Asian Restaurant in Eatontown and the general manager of the restaurant in Long Beach. He did not declare his earnings between September 2006 and September 2009, which amounted to $186,317 in cash and bonuses. In addition, Wagner also made another $100,000 from the sale of his ownership of the restaurant in Eatontown from May 2008 to October 2009 bringing his total income to $286,317. None of these was declared, resulting in a loss of $71,923 in tax revenue to the government.

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