PATERSON - The manager of a popular Clifton diner who stands accused of trying to hire a hit man to murder his own uncle pleaded not guilty in court today.
Georgios Spyropoulos, manager of the Tick Tock Diner, was arrested on Tuesday. Investigators say his plot was exposed after an informant contacted authorities. An undercover officer played the hit man, and police say Spyropoulos was set to pay $20,000 to have his uncle tortured and killed.
Authorities say Spyropoulos' uncle also worked for the family business. They say Spyropoulos did not think he was getting his fair share of the profits and was motivated by greed.
News 12 New Jersey has learned that Spyropoulos was also accused of sexually harassing three waitresses at the diner last year. According to police records, one woman claimed that he threatened to fire her if she did not have sex with him.
The murder-for-hire case now goes to a grand jury. Spyropolous has been ordered to surrender his passport and cannot have any contact with his family or the intended target of the alleged hit.