NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The owner of a popular Brooklyn catering hall that abruptly closed, leaving dozens of couples without a wedding venue, has pleaded guilty to tax fraud and grand larceny charges in an unrelated case.
Jason Stevens, the owner of reBar, pleaded guilty Thursday. As part of a plea deal, he faces three and a third to 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced July 21.
Prosecutors say he stole about $200,000 in sales tax collected between 2009 and 2012 and failed to collect more than $1 million in taxes on the business the same period.
Dozens of soon-to-be brides and grooms said they lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in deposits after reBar suddenly closed in May. ReBar had 200 weddings and events booked through 2016.