Twin Cities Restaurant Owner Charged With Filing False Tax Returns

Twin Cities Restaurant Owner Charged With Filing False Tax Returns Photo: KSTP

August 15, 2018 03:00 PM

A prominent Twin Cities restaurant owner has been charged with 38 counts of filing false tax returns, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office announced Wednesday.

A release said Thomas Pham, 44, was charged by summons and will make his first court appearance Sept. 13.


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Pham owned and operated numerous businesses, but the release stated the charges are related to the sales and use taxes from his Thai food restaurant Thanh Do in St. Louis Park.

The release alleges the business underreported monthly taxable sales by $118,138 between November 2013 and December 2016. The release goes on to allege Pham had a history of not filing tax returns, audit issues and evading collection. 

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In July 2017, the Department of Revenue executed search warrants at Pham's home in Plymouth, during which time several bins of restaurant records were reportedly recovered. By comparing those records with the monthly taxes collected at the restaurant, auditors allegedly were able to determine how much Pham was underreporting.

The total loss to the state came to $130,858.98, according to the release.


Frank Rajkowski

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