Owner of Restaurant Pleads Guilty in Tax Case


The owner of five Chicago-area Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant franchises has been sentenced to more than a year in federal prison for filing false corporate tax returns that underreported $2.5 million in gross receipts and sales.

 Juan C. Hurtado, 45, of Joliet, Illinois, owned Pepe’s franchises in Chicago, Tinley Park, Hickory Hills, Matteson, and Chicago Heights.

 Hurtado admitted that he underreported the gross receipts and sales of his restaurants by a combined total of approximately $2.5 million.

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