said the conviction won’t play a role in the addition of Mad
Rooster to the city.
it impacts their plans, it would impact it from their end,” Reilly
said. “The city can’t not approve the building because someone
is convicted. (The Plan Commission) is looking at the building and
the business. Whether there’s a conviction or not isn’t our
Bouraxis, owner of the Mad Rooster Cafe, admitted conspiring to
defraud the United States by impeding the Internal Revenue Service
in connection with operation of his family’s three restaurants in
the Milwaukee area, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced this
guilty plea occurred the same day Mad Rooster gained final approval
to construct a restaurant at 130 N.W. Barstow Street from the
Waukesha Plan Commission.
part of the agreement, it’s been recommended Bouraxis
be sentenced to one year and one day in prison, though there is a
possible penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to
$250,000, or both, according to court documents.
to Bouraxis and his lawyer, Michael Cohn, were not returned by press
was indicted alongside his father, Paul, his mother, Freida, and his
brother-in-law Reiad Awadallah by U.S. Attorney Gregory Haanstad.
online court records indicate the Bouraxises entered plea deals
earlier this week. Awadalleh’s case remains pending.
cash from restaurants’ receipts
four were actively involved in skimming cash from the receipts at
three of their family-owned restaurants — Omega Burger, El Fuego
and El Beso, all located in Milwaukee — to the total of more than
$3 million, court documents stated.
to the documents, the four defendants created records for each of
the restaurants that didn’t include the cash receipts they had
skimmed from their business while also paying additional wages to
employees in cash, and failing to account for the payroll taxes
associated with them. The family underpaid the
IRS by more than $1.3 million from 2007-10, court documents
Bouraxis, heading the operation of all the family restaurants,
directed his sister V.A., the manager at El Fuego and El Beso, to
set aside $5,000 to $10,000 in cash from the weekly receipts at El
Beso into a desk drawer. She was also directed to put aside $3,000
in cash from Omega Burger, having Freida pick up the money weekly.
agents began an investigation of the restaurants in 2011, obtaining
search warrants in 2012. In September 2012, agents located and
seized more than $1.7 million in cash, silver bars worth about
$100,000, jewelry and handwritten
detailing the actual daily receipts for the restaurants.
said he was displeased with the news of the conviction, but
doesn’t foresee any delay in Mad Rooster opening in Waukesha.
it’s not something that’s good news,” Reilly said. “But
I’m assuming their restaurants will continue and they will have
other people running them if there is jail time.”
pleading guilty, the Bouraxis family agreed to forfeit $442,000 of
the funds seized by agents to the United States, while sale of the
seized silver bars and jewelry will be applied to their taxes
owed to the IRS.