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Philly-area pizzeria owner accused of defrauding IRS of millions

Giuseppe 'Pino' DiMeo, owner of Pizzeria DiMeo's in Philadelphia's Andorra Shopping Center and Ardé Osteria in Wayne, is accused of having paid some workers in cash and not reporting his total revenue to the IRS.

A Philadelphia-area pizzeria owner was charged by federal authorities Thursday with not reporting $3 million in revenue over several years and failing to pay the IRS about $1 million in income and payroll taxes. 

Giuseppe "Pino" DiMeo, 49, who co-owns Pizzeria DiMeo's at 8500 Henry Ave. in the Andorra Shopping Center in Upper Roxborough and Ardé Osteria in Wayne, was charged with two counts of conspiring to defraud the IRS and 12 counts of filing false tax returns.

DiMeo, of Montgomery County, is accused of skimming cash from four restaurants — the DiMeo Pizza Kitchen restaurants formerly at 701 E. Cathedral Road in the Andorra Shopping Center and the one in Conshohocken; DiMeo Pizza Kitchen in Wilmington; and the former Allegro Pizza on Monument Road in Philadelphia's River Park neighborhood — and paying many of his employees under the table from 2008 to 2012, while failing to tell his accountant or the IRS about it, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia said.

Reached Thursday and asked about the charges against him, DiMeo said, "That's not what it is," but declined to speak further. His lawyer, Jerome Brown, did not respond to requests for comment.

On Friday, DiMeo released the following statement: "I  am dealing with these accusations with tremendous support from my family. My attorney has advised me not to comment on these accusations. My latest restaurant, Arde Osteria, was not open during the time of these accusations and is not under investigation."