The owner of the Mystic Pizza restaurant made famous in a 1988 film was sentenced to prison for tax evasion and concealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in income.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says 49-year-old John Zelepos of North Stonington was sentenced Monday to 12 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. He pleaded guilty in March to tax evasion and financial structuring offenses.
Prosecutors say between 2006 and 2010 he diverted more than $330,000 from Mystic Pizza's profits into personal bank accounts and those of family members. They say he then filed false tax returns to hide the income.
Mystic Pizza has become a tourist attraction since Julia Roberts starred in the movie about the lives of three waitresses working at the small-town pizza parlor.
Watch a scene from the movie: