Whippany man pleads guilty to tax fraud

The owner of Avellino’s Pizza and Grille pleaded guilty on Tuesday to filing a fraudulent personal income tax return, according to the IRS Criminal Investigation section.

Antonio Porciello, 42, of Whippany, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Newark before Judge Jose Linares. Porciello, who owns Avellino’s pizzerias in East Hanover and Lake Hiawatha, pleaded guilty to filing a false income tax return for 2006.

Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 7.

Porciello was the owner and operator of A & A Porciello Foods, doing business as Avellino Pizza and Grille. On March 20, 2007, Porciello signed and filed a 2006 income tax return that, authorities said, did not include a large amount of taxable income Porciello received as owner of Avellino Pizza and Grille.

Porciello admitted he underpaid his income taxes for 2004 to 2006 between $80,000 and $200,000.

The charge carries a maximum of three years in prison and a fine of $250,000 of twice the amount of any gain from the offense, whichever is greater.

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