Update:

Sarma Melngailis, 43, of New York, and Anthony Strangis, 35, of Fairhaven, Massachusetts, were both wanted on fugitive from justice warrants out of New York.

According to USA TODAY, they are now sitting in Rikers, accused of stealing as much as $2 million from Pure. A whopping 24 charges include grand larceny, tax fraud, and scheming to defraud.

Sevierville Police Department detectives arrested the two fugitives on the run staying at the Fairfield Inn on the Parkway after they ordered a pizza. This happened back on May 12th.

Melngailis went from the Ivy League and French Culinary Institute to near-instant fame and success in the Big Apple when she opened the vegan restaurant Pure Food and Wine.

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Sevierville Police Department detectives arrested two fugitives on the run staying at a local inn after they ordered a pizza Tuesday.

Sarma Melngailis, 43, of New York, and Anthony Strangis, 35, of Fairhaven, Massachusetts, were both wanted on fugitive from justice warrants out of New York.

Melngailis was the owner of a popular raw vegan restaurant in Manhattan, called Pure Food and Wine, as well as the author of a few raw cookbooks. News outlets in New York reported last year she disappeared without paying her staff and was facing several lawsuits from them.

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Detectives said they were able to track down Melngailis and Strangis after they ordered a pizza from a local Domino’s.

Police confirmed the two were staying at the Fairfield Inn on the Parkway and arrested them Tuesday afternoon without incident.

Sevierville Police officials said Melngailis was wanted in New York for grand larceny, criminal tax fraud, scheme to defraud, and violation of labor law.

Strangis also was wanted for grand larceny, scheme to defraud, and violation of labor law, according to SPD.