SF chef to eat prison food 

A San Francisco chef-restauranter was served six months in federal prison and another six months of home confinement on Thursday for lying on his income tax returns.

Suriya Srithong, 60, pleaded not guilty on Oct. 6 to filing false federal income tax returns for his South of Market eatery, Suriya Thai Restaurant, according to United States Attorney Melinda Haag.

He “knowingly failed to report earnings from that restaurant on his 2005 and 2006 federal income tax returns,” the U.S. Attorney said in a statement.

Srithong was indicted April 13 on two counts of filing a false tax return and 16 counts of failing to account for and pay over employment taxes. He was sentenced Thursday.

The returns reported “no gross receipts, expenses, net income or taxes related to the restaurant.” The indictments also alleged failure to pay employment taxes from January 2004 through the end of 2007. Srithong was conducting business as a sole-proprietorship.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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