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Former alderman expected to plead guilty to tax evasion

By MARK HAYWARD
New Hampshire Union Leader

April 26. 2018 9:20PM

TOMMY KATSIANTONIS 



MANCHESTER — Former Manchester restaurateur and politician Tommy Katsiantonis signaled on Thursday his desire to plead guilty to tax evasion and theft charges, a state prosecutor said.

Katsiantonis’ decision came two weeks before he was expected to stand trial on allegations that he evaded state business taxes and never turned over $423,000 in room-and-meal taxes paid by customers at his two former restaurants — Tommy K’s and Grand Slam Pizza II.

During a pretrial hearing on Thursday, Katsiantonis’ lawyers told Superior Court Judge Kenneth Brown that their client is ready to plead guilty.

Brown scheduled a hearing for 11 a.m. May 4 to accept the guilty plea and sentence Katsiantonis.

Katsiantonis represented Ward 8 in south Manchester until last May, when prosecutors brought eight charges against him alleging theft of tax revenues and tax evasion. He did not seek a fourth two-year term as alderman, and at year’s end he resigned the New Hampshire House seat he had held for 12 years.

In January, he reached a deal with prosecutors that would have him make an $87,000 downpayment on his tax bill. As part of the deal, prosecutors would ask Brown for a sentence of three to 10 in state prison while his attorney would ask for a lesser sentence.

But Katsiantonis backed out of the deal, after he was unable to come up with the $87,000. At the time, Brown warned Katsiantonis that he would not consider a plea bargain, meaning Brown will have much latitude in what sentence he will impose next week.

A representative of the New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration attended the hearing on Thursday.

“I don’t know,” he said when asked if the state will get its money.

During a sentencing hearing, both sides are able to call witnesses, and lawyers argue for what would entail a just sentence.

O’Neill said that a trial for Katsiantonis’ accountant, Darvi Rosenberg of Claremont, is scheduled June 4.

mhayward@unionleader.com


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