An accountant for the owner of several pizza restaurants has been sentenced for federal tax offenses. 59-year old James Guerra of Dix Hills, New York was ordered to three years probation, with the first two months in home confinement. He must also perform 100 hours of community service.
Guerra worked for the owner of Pinocchio Pizza in Wilton and in Pound Ridge among other establishments. Bruno DiFabio and his businesses reportedly took cash from the registered to pay employees, and didn't deposited it into the operating bank accounts. Although Guerra was aware that the Ridgefield man was failing to collect required withholding taxes from his employees and, in turn, not paying over these taxes to the IRS, he reviewed and approved DiFabio’s quarterly tax returns.
DiFabio, known as “Lord of the Pies” and for appearing on “Chopped” and other TV shows, was sentenced to 30 days of imprisonment and ordered to pay $816,954 in restitution. His business partner, Steven Cioffi, was sentenced to 30 days of imprisonment and ordered to pay $122,177.59 in restitution. Their bookkeeper, Idalecia Lopes Santos, was sentenced to three years of probation.