CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – Investigators with the state’s Department of Taxation and Finance seized a Genesee Street sub shop Tuesday afternoon.
Shy’s Subs and More at 2300 Genesee Street was seized by investigators around 12 p.m. A locksmith was seen changing the restaurant’s locks a short time later.
Research performed by Cheektowaga Chronicle shows that the business was issued three tax warrants totaling $86,220.25.
Owner James A. Wright and former owner Nicole Mayfield were each issued separate tax warrants on April 12, 2017 in the amount of $63,634.00.
Mayfield contacted Cheektowaga Chronicle around 2 p.m. Tuesday by phone saying she was not an owner of the business and was only in charge of the payroll for the employees. That is why her name appears on the tax warrants.
Wright sent Cheektowaga Chronicle a statement over Facebook around 3:30 p.m. saying:
“First of all I would like to clear the air. I’m not a tax dodger or an embezzler. This restaurant was supposed to be the new beginning. The first step to setting up the Shy’s brand as a powerhouse in this area, but because arrogance, impatience, and greed I was set up to fail from the beginning. I didn’t just not pay the State I never really had it. After the first quarter of being open my business partner at the time accused me of stealing and in return he stole $20k in cash and other $1.5k in product and supplies. He had also taken on another business partner without my authorization and getting him out cost another $7k. That was well over 2 quarters of state tax money that was taken from the business just as we were getting started. Since then I haven’t been able to dig myself out of that whole. It was never meant for me to run the kitchen. I was supposed to be an office guy, a paper pusher, but I’ve never been the type to run away from a challenge. So I eventually ended up doing the job of four people. Trying to hold together a team that was crumbling from all the pressure that was being put on me. So the roller coaster started. We would gain, then we would lose, over and over again. Coupled with repairs and unexpected expenses, the State freezing my accounts, taking everything that i had before I could put together enough to make a payment, I couldn’t pull it back together.”
The business was incorporated with the state on April 13, 2015.