Former owners of Utopia sentenced for tax evasion

Katlyn Snow of Lancaster got a little help with her food.

The former owner of a nightclub in Buffalo’s Entertainment District and his wife have been sentenced for lying to the IRS.

Vincent Giamo and his wife Mary, both of Orchard Park, used to own and operate Utopia on Franklin Street. Between 2002 and 2005, the couple kept two sets of books for preparing taxes, costing the government around $1.2 million in unpaid taxes.

Both were sentenced Wednesday to three years probation and ordered to pay $670,000 in restitution. So far, they have already turned over $550,000 to the IRS.

The couple will also face civil penalities associated with the charges. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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