Five restauranteurs deliberately failed to pay GST, TVQ and source deductions to the Quebec government.
Five restaurateurs who owned Portovino eateries have been fined more than $1.2 million and two have received conditional sentences after pleading guilty to tax fraud.
The pleas were entered on Jan. 23.
Nicholas Diavatopoulos and Eddy Mainella received conditional sentences of 12 months and nine months, respectively, for deliberately failing to pay GST, TVQ and Quebec income tax source deductions.
Diavatopoulos was also fined $747,297.64, while Mainella was fined $400,164.14. They will have 12 months to pay.
Their business parters were also fined, Aristotelis Chrysanthakopoulos was fined $54,286.94, Roberto Zanandrea was fined $43,279.60, while Dimitrios Karayiannopoulos was fined $43,279.60. They will have 24 months to pay.
The crimes were committed at restaurants in Montreal, Laval and Terrebonne.
The accusations against the restaurateurs were linked with three numbered companies; however, the businesses themselves were not charged.
According to the Quebec Enterprise Register, the numbered companies are linked with the brand Portovino, a chain of Italian bring-your-own-wine restaurants. The majority of Portovino restaurants appear to have now closed.
The charges were the result of seven search warrants executed in May 2017, according to Revenu Québec and the charges were filed in May 2018.