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Pittsford restaurant owner pleads guilty

A Pittsford restaurant owner has pleaded guilty to stealing $196,000 in sales tax collected over a three-year period, according to state Department of Taxation and Finance Commissioner Thomas H. Mattox.

Robert J. Bryant, 65, of Henrietta, owns PB&J Inc., which operates the Fruit and Salad Company in Pittsford. He was co-owner of Joshua Inc., which operated Hicks and McCarthy in the village of Pittsford until it was sold a year ago.

Bryant pleaded guilty to 21 felony counts ranging from grand larceny to criminal tax fraud during the time his companies operated the restaurants, Mattox said.

Bryant was immediately placed on interim probation by Monroe County Court Judge Frank T. Geraci. Bryant must surrender to the Monroe County jail for work weekends and he was ordered to return to court in February 2013 for an update on his interim probation.

Judge Geraci ordered Bryant to begin repaying the sales tax money to the state.

No sentencing date has been set, but Bryant’s sentence could range from probation to 15 years in state prison.