The owner of Ray & Mike’s, a deli in Hamden, has pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion, according to the office of the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut.
Raymond George, 52, of Hamden, owns Ray & Mike’s, LLC, at 3030 Whitney Ave. in Hamden and officials from the office of the U.S. Attorney said he evaded paying his federal income taxes in multiple ways in 2012 and 2013.
Officials said he failed to deposit all of the cash receipts of the business into his business bank account and used some of the cash to fill an in-store ATM and failed to report the cash as income.
He is also accused of using the Ray & Mike business account to pay personal expenses.
Federal officials said he deposited three large checks totaling nearly $300,000 from the Ray & Mike’s business account into his personal investment account without reporting the funds as income, then withdrew funds from the investment account to buy personal investment properties.
He is also accused of depositing a $25,800 check from the Ray & Mike’s lottery account into his personal investment account without reporting the funds as income.
George was also accused of underreporting his income on his federal tax returns by approximately $365,065 for the 2012 tax year and by $273,108 for the 2013 tax year and failing to pay $220,000 in taxes, according to federal officials.
He has agreed to pay back taxes of $220,663, plus interest and penalties, according to a news release from John Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut.