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Former D.C. club owner gets prison term for tax evasion

The former owner of several D.C. nightclubs was sentenced Tuesday in the District's federal court to 38 months in prison for failing to pay nearly $1 million in taxes, federal prosecutors said.

Abdul K. Khanu, who owned DC Live, Platinum and H2O, was found guilty in December of two counts of tax evasion.

Prosecutors said he skimmed millions of dollars from two of his clubs clubs and used the money to pay wages in cash and for personal purchases.

When authorities raided his house, they found $1.9 million and a "double set of books and records," prosecutors said in a news release.

-- Maria Glod

By Maria Glod  |  May 11, 2010; 4:37 PM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Maria Glod , The District  
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How dumb can a guy be??? He owns 3 nightclubs but is not smart enough to not have 2 seets of books in his house, plus all that cash!!!!!!

I often wonder how they expect people to pay their fines after jail time....who keeps 1.9 mil in their house??? Maybe drug dealers.......

Posted by: pentagon40 | May 12, 2010 2:38 AM | Report abuse

Nice to see we're cracking down on small time crooks when big banks get our bonuses and bailouts while using off shore banks. This guy is clearly a moron and scum, but let's focus on the big criminals too.

Posted by: FiatBooks | May 12, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

LOL...what a dumb statement...has nothing to do with his race or Black Business but everything to do with his PERSONAL business practices. They've been after this cat for awhile now, he probably irked someone (possibly a FOF: Friend of Fenty) and they decided that Marc should win and this dude take an L. I can almost get that Marc contributes to Fenty and Khanu doesn't.

Posted by: kahlua87 | May 12, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Nice to see we're cracking down on small time crooks when big banks get our bonuses and bailouts while using off shore banks. This guy is clearly a moron and scum, but let's focus on the big criminals too.

Posted by: FiatBooks | May 12, 2010 8:15 AM
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Wow, I wonder what you would've said about Bernie Madoff if given a chance...

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | May 12, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Abdul got bad advice....Don't keep cash and double set of books at a residence that is tied to you.....I know it is gonna be big party for him when he gets out...put me on the guest list now! lol...

Posted by: 4thFloor | May 12, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

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