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Bar owner accused of stealing sales tax

Posted: 2:42 PM, Apr 22, 2016
Updated: 2016-04-22 20:56:51Z
Bar owner accused of stealing sales tax

The former owner of a Buffalo bar stands accused of stealing thousands of dollars in state sales tax in order to keep his business afloat.

Prosecutors say Nicholas Schaefer, 46, stole $14,129.52 between December 2013 and March 2015 while operating Coach's Corner bar on Hopkins Road.

He is charged with grand larceny and criminal tax fraud.

Schaefer has been employed by the city of Buffalo as a parking enforcement officer since June 2015, when the bar closed. A city spokesperson says he is "currently employed with status being reviewed."

If convicted, Schaefer faces up to seven years in prison.