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El Balazo owners in more trouble

By scarney
Monday, December 6th, 2010 at 8:12 pm in Crime, Lafayette, Restaurants.

When the El Balazo in Lafayette closed its doors in March, there were whispers of the owners of the restaurant chain having some major tax issues. They also had an issue in 2008 when some of their employees were caught in an immigration raid.

All of the whispers and rumors seem to be more than that, as the owners, Marino Sandoval, 57, and Nicole Sandoval, 50, have both been charged with 20 counts of tax evasion, conspiracy and employing illegal immigrants

The couple has been arraigned in U.S. District Court and have since been set free on a $100,000 bond.

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