- Associated Press - Thursday, June 12, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - The owner of a popular Brooklyn restaurant that closed abruptly and left dozen of couples without a wedding venue has pleaded guilty to tax fraud charges.

Jason Stevens, the owner of reBar, pleaded guilty Thursday to grand larceny and criminal tax fraud. As part of a plea deal, he faces three and a third to 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced July 21.

His lawyer, Allan Bahn, says the 41-year-old Stevens is “taking responsibility.”

Prosecutors say he stole about $200,000 in sales tax collected between 2009 and 2012 and failed to collect more than $1 million in taxes on the business the same period.

The venue was shuttered without warning in May.

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