Valley restaurant owner admits to falsifying tax returns

Leonard Charles Fleszar, the former owner of Lenny’s Burger Shop in Phoenix, admitted to underreporting his taxable income.

PHOENIX — The former owner of Lenny’s Burger Shop has pleaded guilty to underreporting his taxable income for several years.

Leonard Charles Fleszar, the former owner of Valley hamburger shops, pleaded guilty in court last week to one count of filing a false tax return.

According to Internal revenue service, Fleszar deliberately underreported thousands of dollars of taxable income from his restaurants between 2014 and 2017.

In his 2017 return, the defendant under-reported more than $605,000 of income, resulting in a tax loss of $195,031 for the IRS.

Court records show the restaurant owner understated $451,000 in 2015 and $478,000 in 2016.

Fleszar agreed to pay $689,000 in restitution to the IRS, according to the defendant’s plea agreement.

The accused is due to be sentenced on July 7.

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