Alaska Restaurant Owner Sentenced For Tax Crimes
A former Dimond Center restaurant owner in Anchorage, Alaska, was recently sentenced to five years of probation and 14 months of house arrest for tax evasion.
Kisun Hamilton, 54, hid approximately $1.5 million from the Internal Revenue Service while running her restaurant, the Tempura Inn, according to the Anchorage Daily News. She kept two accounting records: one with the true financial information, and another that left out large sums of money. She removed funds from her business between $500 and $2,000 a day.
"By paying employees half of their wages in cash under the table, she not only defrauded the government out of income taxes, Social Security, Medicare and unemployment insurance payments, she also cheated the employees out of benefits to which they might eventually be entitled," the U.S. Attorney's Office of Anchorage said, according to the news source.
Hamilton was ordered to pay $160,000 in restitution to the IRS, and a $25,000 fine. She was also ordered to complete 100 hours of community service, the news source added.