Five members of an area family have been indicted by a federal grand jury, accused of skimming $1.8 million from three restaurants they operate in Sandusky.
Those indicted are Haralambos Gonos, 52, Andreas Gonos, 28, Chris Gonos, 31, Kryiakos Gonos, 30, and Sofia Skoura, 52, all of Sandusky, according to Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
The U.S. Attorney's office issued a press release about the three-count indictment.
According to count one of the indictment, between 2007 and 2009, Haralambos Gonos, Andreas Gonos, Chris Gonos and Kryiakos Gonos allegedly took large sums of money from Dianna's Deli, Dianna's and The Depot and made multiple deposits just under the $10,000 threshold, for the purpose of evading the filing of a currency transaction report. Each is charged with conspiracy to structure financial transactions to evade filing currency transaction reports.
According to count two, Haralambos Gonos and an unnamed person conspired to structure financial transactions to evade filing Form 8300 between March 2010 and November 2011. Gonos is alleged to have purchased a 2007 Mercedes and 2005 Porsche Cayenne motor vehicles by using combinations of cash and multiple cashier's checks.
According to count three, Haralambos Gonos and Sofia Skoura allegedly conspired to engage in bulk cash smuggling in an attempt to transport currency to a place outside the United States on or about Jan. 31, 2013. They allegedly attempted to transport more than $14,700 to Greece, where they maintain a residence.
If convicted, the defendants' sentences will be determined by the court after reviewing factors unique to this case, including the defendants' prior criminal record, if any, the defendants' role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum, according to the press release.
The investigating agencies in this case are the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Homeland Security, ICE Homeland Security Investigations and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Joseph R. Wilson.