MINEOLA, NY – The District Attorney’s office of county announced the sentences of Tassos (a/k/a Thomas) Strifas and George Strifas, as well as their corporation Stardust Diners, Inc. (doing business as Colony Diner in East Meadow, NY). They pleaded guilty in April to Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First degree (an E felony), Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree (an E felony), and Failure to Pay Wages (an unclassified misdemeanor).
They were sentenced Nov. 14 by Judge Valarie Alexander to a 3-year conditional discharge, on condition of payment of full restitution to the victims totaling approximately $338,000, plus backtaxes and fines worth approximately $64,000. An additional $164,000 in liquidated damages will be paid to Colony Diner employees pursuant to a federal court order from January of this year.
The National Herald was informed that on February 11, 2013, the defendants, who were under investigation, voluntarily surrendered to an arrest and arraignment after being asked to do so by the authorities, according to the district attorney’s communications department.
The April 30. 2013 press release announcing the defendant’s guilty plea can be seen through this link. http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/da/newsreleases/2013/043013strifas.html