Small businesses are the backbone of this country’s economy. Many small business owners can make their dreams come true and provide jobs for others through their hard work. (Unfortunately, not all business owners are honest or engaging in legal activities.)
Leonard Charles Fleszar of Phoenix, Ariz., pleaded guilty to one count of filing a false tax return after falsely underreporting thousands in taxable income from his restaurants from 2014 through 2017. Fleszar is the former owner of Lenny’s Burger Shop. (Fellow small business owners, this is not how you end up with a successful business.)
According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Fleszar purposely underreported his taxable income by over $605,000 in 2017, by $478,000 in 2016 and by $451,000 in 2015. He has agreed to pay $689,000 in restitution to the IRS. (The IRS is looking for a side of justice served well-done.)
Fleszar is scheduled to be sentenced on July 7, 2022. (It’s highly unlikely that his sentence will be served with fries and a milkshake.)
Today’s Fraud of the Day comes the NBC 12 News article “Lenny’s Burger Shop owner pleads guilty to falsifying tax returns,” published on April 25, 2022.
PHEONIX – Leonard Charles Fleszar, owner of Lenny’s Burger Shop, pleaded guilty to one count of filing a false tax return after falsely underreporting thousands in taxable income. He is scheduled to be sentenced this coming July.
Leonard Charles Fleszar, the former owner of the Valley burger shops, pleaded guilty last week in court to one count of filing a false tax return.