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News Release

For Immediate Release
August 18, 2011

Michael S. Lewis, Assistant Attorney General
Criminal Justice Bureau
(603) 271-3671

Guilty Pleas in Tax Evasion Case

New Hampshire Attorney General Michael A. Delaney and Commissioner Kevin A. Clougherty, New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration, announce that John McCafferty of Tyngsborough, Massachusetts pled guilty today to eight misdemeanor counts of tax evasion in Hillsborough County Superior Court, Nashua, New Hampshire.

Mr. McCafferty was charged with failing to file and pay meals and rentals taxes generated by Johnny's Pizzeria Bar & Grill and Johnny's Pizzeria and Pub, two restaurants he owned in Hudson, New Hampshire. At his sentencing, Mr. McCafferty admitted that over a period of time that spanned the fall of 2008 through the spring of 2010, he charged patrons meals taxes on their purchases but kept the taxes for himself rather sending them to the New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration.

All told, Mr. McCafferty accrued $24,757.39 in taxes, penalties and fines between 2008 and 2010 which he must now pay in restitution on a monthly basis over five years or face up to four years in jail. The first restitution payment was made to the New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration in court today.

Attorney General Delaney stated that, "Tax evasion is a crime that impacts every taxpayer and those, like Mr. McCafferty, who willfully fail to pay the state meals taxes they have collected from patrons will be subject to criminal prosecution and full restitution will be sought."

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