LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. - One-hundred-eight arrest warrants were served Monday in Indiana, many of which were at several Acapulco Mexican Restaurants.
The two-year long investigation has looked at five years of documents from the Acapulco Mexican Restaurant. Indiana State Excise Police (ISEP) officers served 13 warrants at businesses and four residences across eight cities in Indiana.
"We're serving warrants that were issued from Dearborn County from Lawrenceburg, Batesville, Lafayette and Greenville," said Matt Stittmatter who is the Superintendent of the ISEP. "So we're working from this area all the way to the north side of Indianapolis."
Officers searched for evidence of corrupt business influence, money launderings, forgery, perjury, identity deception and theft. The identity deception comes from the allegation that there are illegal workers using stolen or false social security numbers.
Excise police officers served search warrants at the following businesses:
- Acapulco #6 Mexican Restaurant, 1044 State Road 229 North, Batesville, Ind.
- Acapulco #3 Mexican Restaurant, 301 Margaret Street, Lawrenceburg, Ind.
- Acapulco #5 Mexican Restaurant, 147-149 Main Street, Rising Sun, Ind.
- Acapulco #8 Mexican Restaurant, 301 North 2nd Street, Aurora, Ind.
- Acapulco #11 Mexican Restaurant, 1006 South Adams Street, Versailles, Ind.
- Two undisclosed residences in Lawrenceburg, Ind.
- An undisclosed residence in Lafayette, Ind.
- An undisclosed residence in Batesville, Ind.
"At this time we are continuing the investigation," said the Ohio and Dearborn County Prosecutor, Aaron Negangard. "We have significant evidence that they are underreporting their sales tax. That's based upon and audit that was done at one of the locations."
Officers also searched the offices of a tax-preparation service in Greenwood, Ind., two banks in Lafayette, Ind., and five other banks in southeast Indiana.
Officers arrested a total of 41 people, seized around $3 million, 12 vehicles and an undisclosed amount of foreign currency as a result of the served warrants. The identities of all those arrested have not yet been released.
Indiana State Excise Police officers are the enforcement division of the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission. While excise officers have the authority to enforce any state law, they focus primarily on alcohol, tobacco and related violations.