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2 charged in restaurant tax scam

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Police said they have charged two Maryland men who posed as government employees when they threatened to shut down a pair of restaurants in Lancaster County.

Steven E. Hoffman, 22, of Abingdon, and Zachary F. Newman, 21, of Columbia, told the restaurant owners they were behind on their taxes and faced closure unless they made a payment, according to Manheim Township police.

Each owner wrote out a check for $254, police said.

Hoffman and Newman later cashed the checks, which led to their identification, police said. Warrants have been issued for both men on charges of theft by deception, theft by extortion, and criminal conspiracy.

Police said both incidents occurred November 13 at the Anna Pan Asian Restaurant, at 2359 Oregon Pike, and China Best Restaurant, at 2351 Oregon Pike.

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