Gold Star Chili restaurant owner placed under house arrest

The owner if a Cincinnati Gold Star Chili has been sentenced to one year of probation with the first eight months under house arrest after he failed to file a federal income return with the IRS.

Jamal Al-Saleh, a.k.a.  Jamal Daoud, 52, previously pleaded guilty to that charge in April of this year.

According to court documents, Al-Saleh was the sole owner of the Gold Star Chili located in the 5400 block of Ridge Road between 2003 and 2007. He operated the restaurant as the sole proprietor and willfully failed to file federal income taxes during those years.

Al-Saleh hired a professional accountant to provide record keeping, payroll, and tax preparation services.  On several occasions, the accountant advised Al-Saleh of his responsibility to file his personal income tax returns.

The total income tax due from Al-Saleh was $34,542 based on his taxable income of $205,133. Prior to entering his guilty plea, Al-Saleh filed his delinquent federal tax returns from 2003 to 2007 and paid his income liability plus interest.

"The privilege of living well in the United States carries certain responsibilities, one of which is the voluntary payment of taxes," said Tracey Warren, Acting Special Agent in Charge, IRS Criminal Investigation, Cincinnati Field Office.  "Our system of taxation depends on everybody paying their fair share."

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