By STEVEN T. DENNIS
The company that owns Twilight's Ristorante and Deli on Potomac Street in Hagerstown failed to pay more than $195,000 in employer withholding taxes since 1995, according to tax liens filed in Washington County Circuit Court.
Twilight's Inc. owner and downtown leader Michael Pishvaian said he believes a former employee embezzled money from his business accounts.
The Frederick Police Department and the state's attorney's office have investigated the case and an arrest warrant has been issued, according to Frederick Police Det. Allen Droneburg. Charging documents alleging forgery, uttering and theft against the former employee have been issued but haven't yet been served, he said.
Pishvaian said he found out about the failure to pay withholding taxes about a year ago.
He said he had made arrangements to pay back the $195,000 over five years, and already had started making payments. He said he received $5,000 from an insurance policy against employee dishonesty.