Man accused of $1.4 million theft by government not home when process server arrives
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 10:00 PM
Pedro Sanchez, owner of the El Charro restaurant in 2010, has entered into a plea agreement on two charges of Theft of Government funds in the amount of about $1.4 million.
El Charro grocery store and restaurant is located at the corner of Pike and Green streets.
According to information received from Indiana Attorney General Joseph Hogsett's office, between January 2009 and February 2011, Sanchez "did knowingly steal money, belonging to the United States, and did aid and abet such conduct, namely, approximately $1,472,673.62, more or less in federal money ..."
According to the document giving general allegations, the money was taken by filing false income tax returns and W-2s.
The plea agreement has not yet been accepted.
Sanchez was arrested and released, said Tim Horty of the Attorney General's office. He is scheduled to make an initial court appearance at 1:30 p.m., April 18, before Magistrate Judge Debra McVicker Lynch in U.S. Federal Court of the Southern District of Indiana to determine how the case should proceed.
El Charro is located in the building that previous housed Indiana Printing.
When we attempted to interview Sanchez, a woman who introduced herself as Maria Sanchez, sister of Pedro Sanchez, said Pedro had not owned the business for more than two years and that she was the current owner.
She said Pedro no longer works at the store.
We met a process server at his last known address on Country Club Road. She would not tell us exactly why she was serving Sanchez. Ringing the doorbell and knocking on the door yielded no answer.
We visited two neighbors. One neighbor said she had not met Sanchez but she knew that was where he lived.
Roy Bushong lives across the street from the Sanchez residence. He said he had not seen their pickup truck in the driveway for longer than a week and did not think anyone had been home during that time.
Sanchez visited Bushong after a break in at the Sanchez house, Bushong said. Sanchez wanted to know if Bushong had seen anything, which he had not.
"They are real nice people," Bushong said. "They keep to themselves and I've seen Mexicans over there. They seemed real nice, too."