Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - The fourth owner of a southeast Indiana Mexican restaurant chain is now in jail.
Benito Garcia Lopez, 49, was booked into the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center on Monday on charges of Corrupt Business Influence, Conspiracy, Identity Deception, and Forgery.
Lopez was one of four owners of Acapulco Mexican Restaurants. The establishments in Lawrenceburg, Aurora, Batesville, Versailles, and Rising Sun were all raided by Indiana Excise Police as investigators carried out more than 100 arrest and search warrants beginning September 24.
The restaurants were allegedly not reporting many of their cash sales. Dozens of employees at the restaurant were also found to be using fake or stolen social security numbers on their tax forms.
Benito Lopez, who was part owner of the Batesville and Versailles locations, could make his initial appearance in court as soon as Tuesday.
Three of the four owners – Adolfo Lopez, 43, of Greendale; Abel Bustos, 50, of Lafayette, Indiana; and Maria Visoso, 26, of Lawrenceburg – had been arrested the day the raids occurred. They each remain held in Dearborn County on high bonds.