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Dublin restaurateur pleads guilty to tax fraud

Dublin restaurateur pleads guilty to tax fraud

Jack McLaughlin

A Dublin restaurateur has pleaded guilty to tax fraud, according to a press release from the IRS.

The release says that, according to court documents, Ken Chen was the controlling owner of a Dublin-based Chinese restaurant and a Dublin-based sushi restaurant between 2015 and 2018. 

During this time, the IRS said Chen underreported cash sales and made payments to employees outside of company payroll.

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“As a result of his actions, Chen’s tax due and owing to the State of Ohio and Internal Revenue Service is $504,956.86,” the press release reads.

Chen was charged with one count of tax evasion and one count of failure to account for and pay over withholding and security taxes. He was charged by bill of information on Feb. 25.

According to the IRS, income tax evasion carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. His second charge is also punishable by up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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