Restaurateur Takes Tax-Evasion Conviction To High Court

Law360, New York (May 2, 2014, 8:19 PM EDT) -- A San Francisco restaurateur who was convicted on tax evasion and mail fraud charges wants the U.S. Supreme Court to review his case, arguing the Internal Revenue Service illegally seized his correspondence with his attorney and overstepped its bounds with the mail fraud charge.

Michael Chen, who owned now-shuttered San Francisco sushi restaurant Fune Ya, was sentenced last year to more than 33 months in prison and roughly $500,000 in restitution and penalties.

In March, the Ninth Circuit upheld Chen’s conviction and sentence, finding a district...
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