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Sunday, March 02, 2014

Ind. Decisions - "Acapulco’s Owners Sentenced; One Must Pay $305K In Restitution"

Updating a long list of earlier ILB entries, Mike Perleberg reported Feb. 28th in EagleCountyOnline:

(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Sentencing has come for two brothers who pleaded guilty to illegal activity at their southeast Indiana chain of restaurants.

Adolfo Lopez and Benito Lopez owned and managed Acapulco’s Mexican Restaurants in Dearborn, Ripley, and Ohio counties. Those restaurants were raided by Indiana State Excise Police in 2012 after an investigation determined the restaurants had been under-reporting their sales taxes.

Last month, Adolfo Lopez, 44, agreed to pleaded guilty to Corrupt Business Influence (Class C felony), Forgery (Class C felony), Perjury (Class D felony), Theft (Class C felony), and Money Laundering (Class C felony). Benito Lopez, 50, pleaded guilty to Perjury (Class D felony). * * *

Lopez’s cash and vehicles seized during the 2012 raid will be kept by the state, because they were the proceeds of criminal activity, according to the plea agreement. Lopez will keep $61,607 – presumably to pay the restitution lump sum – as well as a pickup truck and his home in Greendale.

Benito Lopez, of Batesville, was given one year on probation. While no restitution payment was ordered, his agreement stipulated that all cash or currency and vehicles seized, with the exception of real property, will be kept by the state.

During the raids of the restaurants in 2012, 109 arrests were made including the restaurant owners and their employees. Dearborn County prosecutors dismissed the charges against 107 of the suspects, but continued to prosecute the Lopez brothers.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 2, 2014 10:23 AM
Posted to Ind. Trial Ct. Decisions