The real crime was that he helped foist more of the worst pizza in the world on unsuspecting people:
The flamboyant, convicted con man who helped build Pizza Pizza into a fast food empire has been arrested and charged with income tax evasion.
Lorn Austin, 57, surrendered to police early yesterday and was brought to Old City Hall court in Toronto for a bail hearing. The Canadian-born Austin, who now lives in Florida, was released later in the day after his father posted bail.
Federal prosecutor Rob Goldstein alleges Austin kept secret from the taxman more than $2 million in payments Pizza Pizza made to him between 1993 and 2001. Goldstein told court that Austin wilfully evaded paying about $650,000 in taxes on that money.
Back in the 1990s Austin was centre stage in a mammoth battle between franchisees of the pizza company and management. Franchisees who invested life savings to start their businesses alleged the company treated them unfairly and Austin and company owner Michael Overs eventually faced the franchisees in court. The company ended up paying some of the franchisees a small amount of money and Pizza Pizza continued to grow. Issues arising out of the case (many explored by Star stories) eventually moved the provincial government towards legislation to protect franchisees.
Show this reprobate no mercy. Sentence him to a year of eating nothing but that flavourless cardboard mush his ex-employer calls pizza.
Source: Toronto Star