Prominent Chinatown chef Tony Hu charged with underreporting cash receipts

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CHICAGO — Prominent chef Tony Hu, who owns several Chinese restaurants in Chicago and the suburbs, was charged Friday in federal court with intentionally withholding state taxes by underreporting receipts paid in cash.

Hu runs the Tony Gourmet Group, which owns numerous Chicago restaurants in the city, Evanston and Downers Grove, most notably the Lao Sze Chuan franchise. He also owns a restaurant in Connecticut and one in Las Vegas. Federal agents executed search warrants at several of his restaurants in the Chinatown neighborhood in October 2014.

Hu, whose real name is Hu Xiaojun, 48, was charged with one count each of wire fraud and money laundering. He will be arraigned at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse at an unspecified date.

–Chicago Tribune reporting

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