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Continued: Rochester's Tortilleria Jalisco restaurant is front for tax fraud, feds say

  • Article by: MARK BRUNSWICK , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 13, 2014 - 8:59 PM

Rodriguez’s daughter, Susana Garcia, told the council the family wanted to continue to expand the business, and Council Member Michael Wojcik pointed out that none of the convictions was connected to the operation of the business. The council approved a provisional permit by a 4-2 vote.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office declined to comment. In court papers it sought to keep 72 pages of documents outlining the investigation sealed to “minimize the chances of jeopardizing the ongoing investigation.”

A former employee who has been cooperating in the investigation has had his vehicle broken into twice, the court documents say. Other witnesses say they are concerned for their safety, claiming Rodriguez has contacted some of them and advised them to go back to Mexico, according to court papers.

The restaurant remained open on Tuesday, and an employee who answered the telephone said he was unaware of any federal investigation. No one returned a message left at the restaurant or at Susan’s Boutique.

 

Staff writer Dan Browning contributed to this report. Mark Brunswick • 612-673-443

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