Ex-Detroit-Area Pizza Man Guilty of Tax Charge

According to a news report from, “A man who operated 80 Pizza Hut restaurants in the Detroit area has been convicted of failing to send payroll taxes to the government.”

“La-Van Hawkins pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of a nine-count indictment. Investigators say $5.3 million was deducted from employees’ checks for Social Security and Medicare but not given to the government, from 2001 to 2003,” said the story.