Boston Blackie's Owner Due in Court

Company has been evicted from West Side offices

By Andrew Greiner
|  Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010  |  Updated 9:07 AM CDT
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The owner of Boston Blackie's restaurant, Nick Giannis, 62, is in a Chicago jail Wednesday awaiting arraignment for his role in a $1.9 million check-kiting scheme

He’s due in court today, according to the Chicago Tribune

Giannis was arrested in Detroit earlier this month after federal authorities nabbed him trying to cross the border into Canada.

The restaurateur, his son, Chris, 38, and the restaurant manager Andy Bakopoulos, 38, all face charges for defrauding Charter One and Washington Mutual Banks by writing bad checks from their account at Broadway Bank.

Broadway Bank is owned by the Giannoulias family, and Giannis is a major contributor to Alexi Giannoulias’ senate campaign. Giannoulias since donated his $114,000 to charity.

Meanwhile, Boston Blackie's faces eviction from its West Side office building, according to Crain's Chicago Business's Greg Hinz

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart Monday served notice that Giannis must vacate the building at 1245 W. Fulton St. because of unpaid rent. Sheriff’s officers changed all the locks on the building.

Boston Blackie's filed for bankruptcy last year but kept their business open.
 

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