(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - The owners of Acapulco Mexican Restaurants in southeast Indiana are being held in jail on very high bail amounts.
Indiana Excise Police and county law enforcement raided several restaurants in Dearborn, Ohio, and Ripley counties on September 24, resulting in more than 40 arrests. The raids occurred following an 18-month investigation into corrupt business influence, Social Security fraud, and money laundering.
The restaurant chain’s group of owners are each held on high bonds in Dearborn County. Adolfo Lopez, 43, of Greendale has been ordered a $3 million surety and $250,000 cash bond. Abel Bustos, 50, of Lafayette, Indiana, is held on $1 million surety and $50,000 cash. Bond for Maria Visoso, 26, of Lawrenceburg, is $500,000 surety and $50,000 cash.
A fourth owner, Benito Lopez, 49, of Batesville, could not be located in any local jails by Eagle 99.3.
Two weeks after their arrests, many of the Acapulco’s employees arrested remain in jail with holds placed on them by immigration authorities.
Coincidentally, $3 million was the same amount of money seized by excise police as they carried out over 100 arrest and search warrants. An undisclosed amount of foreign currency was also taken.
Investigators allege that much of the restaurants cash sales were not being properly documented, and thus the sales tax was not being sent to the Indiana Department of Revenue.