BIR files tax evasion raps against Rico’s Lechon founder, 5 others

Taxmen are going after the founder of Rico’s Lechon for his alleged failure to pay the correct taxes.

The Bureau of Internal Revenue said it filed a criminal complaint with the Department of Justice against Enrico Dionson, founder of the hugely-popular Cebu lechon brand, for evading taxes amounting to 48.5 million pesos. The amount supposedly represents Dionson’s tax liabilities from 2008 to 2013.

Dionson is no stranger to controversies. In 2017, then-mayor Cebu City Tomas Osmeña ordered three branches of Rico’s Lechon closed in the city as Dionson faced allegations of not paying taxes amounting to 48 million pesos at the time. The roasted pig brand only reopened in Cebu in 2019.

It was unclear if BIR’s complaint against Dionson stemmed from the tax issue four years ago.

Apart from Dionson, the BIR also filed separate tax evasion raps against five other individuals who allegedly owe the tax agency a whopping 179 million pesos.

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