Young and Hungry

Roberto Donna Is Paying Off His Tax Debt to Arlington


When last we heard from Roberto Donna, the chef had just 'fessed up to felony embezzlement for withholding more than $140,000 in meals taxes from Arlington County.  The only way Donna avoided a five-year prison sentence was to promise to pay back that cash, which totaled $156,330.96 with penalties and interest.

The threat of jail appears to have done something that no one or nothing else could: It has convinced Roberto Donna to pay his taxes.

According to an item posted this afternoon by, Donna or someone has knocked more than $22,000 off his tax bill, which was accumulated from October 2006 to April 2009 when the chef operated Bebo Trattoria in Crystal City. Writes ARLnow:

The now-defunct Bebo Trattoria, Arlington Catering Company and Murky Coffee owe $133,825.80, $66,581.76 and $46,240.93 respectively as of July 12. That’s down from $156,330.96, $70,734.58 and $52,949.69 (according to a past Washington City Paper article), for a total reduction of $33,366.74 collectively.

Other Arlington restaurants have obviously heeded the lesson of Roberto Donna. They're paying down their taxes, too. I think you have to score this a victory for Arlington County.

  • Mike Habib

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