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Tucson woman gets year in prison in tax-fraud case

TUCSON, Ariz. — The former co-owner of an upscale Tucson restaurant who
pleaded guilty to filing false tax returns and diverting money from the business
has been sentenced to one year in prison.

Federal prosecutors say 63-year-old Mary Brooke Martino was sentenced Monday.

They say she signed a plea agreement in July 2011 in which she admitted to
filing false tax returns from 2002 to 2006 and diverting at least $100,000 from
the business.

Martino was co-owner of Anthony’s in the Catalinas with her husband, who wasn’t
charged in the case because of her plea deal.

The restaurant closed earlier this month after nearly 25 years in business.

Prosecutors say the restaurant’s records show money listed as either business
expenses or loans to shareholders was diverted to the couple’s personal
finances.

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