Two White Plains Restaurants Charged with Not Paying Sales Tax


They are Tango Grill and Antipasti. Our news department is working on a story, and I’ll link to it once it’s written.

A press release from the District Attorney’s Office, after the jump.


March 5, 2010

Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore and New York State Department of Taxation and Finance Acting Commissioner Jamie Woodward announced today that two restaurants in White Plains have been charged with failing to pay New York State Sales Tax:

H & G Liquidating Corp., d/b/a “Tango Grill,” Inc. located at 128 East Post Road in White Plains, New York, was arraigned on a ten count indictment charging:

  • one count of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class “C” Felony,
  • nine counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, class “E” Felonies,

for collecting and then failing to report sales tax receipts in excess of $50,000 between September 1, 2004 and November 30, 2006, and the associated filing of false sales tax returns over three-month periods between September 1, 2004 and November 30, 2006.

Additionally, CitiCenter Café, Inc. d/b/a “Antipasti”, located at 1 North Broadway, White Plains, New York, has been charged by Felony Complaint with:

one count of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class “C” Felony.

for collecting and then failing to report sales tax receipts in excess of $56,000 between November 1, 2007 and November 1, 2008.

The charges are a result of joint investigations by the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office and the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.

Restaurants in New York State are licensed to act as sales tax agents and are required to remit those payments to the Department of Taxation and Finance on a monthly, quarterly, or annual  basis based upon volume.

Tango Grill’s next court appearance will be on March 10th, 2010. The next court date for Antipasti is pending.

Assistant District Attorney Nicole Gamble of the Economic Crime Bureau is prosecuting the cases.


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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

1 Comment

  1. They probably thought the free meals they gave celebs and county officials was payment enough. 😉

    I have major issues with how IRS etc are given so much power without checks and balances.

    I also have issues with the rich not paying their taxes. and a sugar tax and any other tax is a bad idea. on top of all the other taxes we pay.

    if our hard earned money is going to keep getting poured into items. why not just take our entire paycheck and give the stuff out for free because our tax dollars already paid for it one way or the other..

    soon we wont have a dime left in our earnings after all the taxes are accounted.

    Start saying no to taxes and yes to reform of how the money is spent by government!

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