Well, that was fast: Less than a month after heading to court, former reBar owner, Jason Stevens, has pled guilty to tax evasion.
You’ll recall that Stevens found himself at the center of controversy after abruptly closing his DUMBO bar and restaurant, taking tens of thousands of dollars from couples who had paid to rent the popular wedding venue and putting dozens of employees out of work. About a week and a half later, Stevens was arrested at his home and hauled into court on May 15 where he was charged with one count of grand larceny and four counts of tax evasion.
Today, according to the Daily News, Stevens finally had his day in court and decided to take a plea deal rather than risk a trial. Instead of the 30 years the bar owner was facing, he’ll serve three-and-a-half to ten years and will not have to pay the state the more than $1 million dollars he owes in back taxes. Lucky him? Stevens will head to an upstate prison on July 21.
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