The former owner of numerous popular bars and nightclubs throughout the East Valley has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for income tax evasion in the amount of nearly $2 million.
Brian C. Roehrich, 40, of Phoenix, was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court on four counts of federal income tax evasion during 2003, according to information from the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Roehrich, who pleaded guilty to the offenses on Dec. 2, 2008, admitted he established procedures to maintain separate accounting of cover charge revenue collected from patrons of Sugar Daddy's in Scottsdale and from the patrons of his Dos Gringos restaurants and his Tempe Trailer Park restaurant, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
In his plea agreement, Roehrich admitted that the total amount of taxes he evaded in the period of 2002 through 2005 was approximately $1.9 million.
Roehrich was the owner of at least five restaurants or clubs in Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa and Chandler.
He owned the Cherry Lounge and Pit on Mill Avenue in Tempe, according to his Web site. Roehrich also had owned Dos Gringos Mesa Mexigrill, 1958 S. Greenfield Road, Mesa, and Dos Gringos Mexigrill, 1361 N. Alma School Road, Chandler, according to his Web site.