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Mystic Pizza Owner Gets Prison For Tax Crimes

Mystic Pizza Owner Gets Prison For Tax Crimes

The owner of Mystic Pizza, the eatery made famous by actress Julia Roberts in the 1988 coming-of-age film of the same name, was sentenced to a year and a day in prison Monday in federal court for trying to evade taxes and concealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in income. Federal authorities released financial data that depicts the famous pizza parlor as a cash generator for 49-year-old owner John Zelepos, who settled previously with his employees in a separate matter after the state labor department accused him last year of paying below minimum wage and withholding overtime. In a long and detailed legal memo urging a substantial prison sentence, federal prosecutor Peter S. Jongbloed...

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