Abilene Bonzai Owner Gets Prison Time, Ordered to Pay Over $1.7 Million for Tax Fraud

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - The owner of Bonzai Japanese Steakhouse in Abilene has been sentenced to serve 3 years in federal prison and ordered to pay over $1,700,000 in restitution for tax fraud.

Ai Shu Cheng, 52, of San Angelo, pleaded guilty to two counts of filing a false income tax return in December of 2016 and was ordered to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on May 26, 2017, according to a press release from the United States Department of Justice.

The press release says Cheng underreported his income on 1040 forms filed in 2011 and 2013. In 2011, he stated he made just over $200,000 but he actually made almost $700,000 and in 2013, he reported he made just under $190,000 but he actually made just over $600,000.

The total tax loss to the Internal Revenue Service that resulted from Cheng's fraudulent income information is around $310,000, according to the press release, which says Cheng was ordered to pay a total of  $1,767,566.46 in restitution to the IRS.

State Comptroller records list Ai Shu Cheng as the owner of Boazai Japanese Steakhouse on S. Clack Street in Abilene, and he is also listed as the owner of China Garden in San Angelo. 

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