Georges Briguet, owner of NYC restaurant Le Perigord, pleads guilty to tax evasion

Associated Press

The owner of a well-known French restaurant in Manhattan has pleaded guilty to evading federal income taxes.

Newsday (http://nwsdy.li/1MzVujW ) says 77-year-old Georges Briguet, the owner of Le Perigord, pleaded guilty on Wednesday.

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Briguet, a resident of Montauk, New York, paid off his tax debt of nearly $170,000 before his hearing.

He could still face up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The court appearance came in the middle of New York City Restaurant Week, in which Le Perigord participates.

Judge Joanna Seybert said she would have the case reassigned for sentencing because she and her husband were regular patrons of Le Perigord.

The prix fixe (pree feeks) dinner there is $75. Dessert is extra.

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Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com