ReBar owner Jason Stevens, who made off with hundreds of thousands in cash and wedding deposits after abruptly shuttering the Dumbo bar and event space last month, has just pleaded guilty to tax evasion. Today a judge sentenced him to 3 1/3 to 10 years in prison, but ruled he will not have to pay back the more than $1 million he owes in taxes. On his way out of court, Stevens was greeted by the same group of angry couples who protested at his last court appearance, demanding justice for their ruined weddings and thousands of stolen dollars.
The money Stevens allegedly stole from reBar and its wedding clients is a separate case from his tax evasion, and the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs had been working with the Brooklyn DA on a separate investigation of that theft. But a representative for the DA told the Daily News today that the theft "cannot be criminally prosecuted and was referred to the Attorney General's office." Meanwhile, some of the ripped off couples have been organizing a class action lawsuit against Stevens, who will be sent to a prison upstate on July 21.
· Former Brooklyn Bar Owner Going to Prison For Tax Evasion [NYDN]
· All Coverage of ReBar [~ENY~]