New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald and Commissioner John T. Beardmore announce that Manchester Ward 8 Democratic Alderman and State Rep. Thomas Katsiantonis (age 44), of Manchester, was arrested and charged with 4 counts of tax evasion, 2 counts of theft, 1 count of falsifying physical evidence and 1 count of unsworn falsification. Katsiantonis is also a former member of the Manchester Board of School Committee from Ward 8.
As alleged in the complaints, Mr. Katsiantonis owned and operated both Grand Slam Pizza and Tommy K’s Restaurant and Bar. The theft charges allege that Mr. Katsiantonis, as owner and operator of Grand Slam Pizza, stole over $277,000 in monthly meals and rentals tax payments from June 1, 2011 through December 31, 2016 and as owner and operator of Tommy K’s Restaurant and Bar, stole over $146,000 in such payments from May 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016. Mr. Katsiantonis is also charged with crimes: related to his attempt to evade business profits taxes resulting in additional tax due; and owing committed during a recent Department of Revenue Administration audit of Grand Slam Pizza; and related to false statements made on Tommy K’s liquor license renewal application.
The theft charges against Mr. Katsiantonis are class A felonies and are punishable by up to 7.5 to 15 years at the State Prison. All other felony offenses charged against Mr. Katsiantonis constitute class B felonies punishable by up to 3.5 to 7 years and the class A misdemeanor offense of unsworn falsification carries up to a $2,000 fine and a year in jail.
Mr. Katsiantonis’s arraignment is scheduled for 8:15 a.m. on June 15, 2017 at the 9th Circuit Court – District Division in Manchester.
The Department of Revenue Administration and the Attorney General’s Office continue to investigate revenue suppression related to the State’s tax programs. If you have information related to revenue suppression or tax fraud, please visit the Department of Revenue Administration’s website at http://www.revenue.nh.gov/how-do-i/report-tax-fraud.htm, or send an e-mail to [email protected], or call the Tax Fraud Hotline at 603-230-5030.