Manco and Manco owners plead not guilty

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Manco and Manco Pizza on the Ocean City Boardwalk Manco and Manco Pizza on the Ocean City Boardwalk  OCEAN CITY—The owners of Manco and Manco were arraigned in federal court in Camden Monday, where they entered a not guilty plea to several federal tax evasion charges, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. 

Mary, 53, and Charles Bangle, 54, were arrested in their Somers Point home on April 3 by IRS-Criminal Investigation special agents on a 30-count indictment charging the couple with multiple counts of tax evasion and other offenses, the office said.

The popular shore business is strictly cash only and generates more than $4.5 million a year in revenue, primarily in the summer, the indictment states.

The indictment alleges that the couple hid nearly $1 million in income from 2007 to 2011 by depositing cash in skimmed from the businesses into their personal TD Bank checking account in incremental amounts of less than $10,000.

The Bangles claimed those deposits were their salaries from the business, the indictment states.
The IRS is seeking Charles Bangle pay about $340,000 in unpaid taxes to the United States. Each of the 30 counts of the indictment also carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Charles Bangle is represented by Haddonfield lawyer Vincent Sarubbi, who said his client cooperated for two years with the government’s investigation in a statement released at the time of the arrests. On Tuesday, a representative from Archer and Greiner, Sarubbi’s law firm, said that Sarubbi had no comment on the arraignment.

 “For nearly two years, Mr. Bangle, through counsel, has cooperated with the government’s investigation into alleged violations of tax law. For that reason, today’s arrests came as a shock,” the statement reads. “Mr. and Mrs. Bangle intend to vigorously defend themselves in court against these charges. They look forward to presenting defenses at the appropriate judicial proceedings and to the opportunity to have their side of the story heard. In keeping with court rules, we are withholding further comment at this time.”

A trial date was tentatively set for June 9 in Camden federal court in front of Judge Ann Marie Donio.

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