- Associated Press - Saturday, February 6, 2016

SEATTLE (AP) - A Bellevue restaurant owner is charged on suspicion of hiding sales and avoiding taxes amounting to about $395,000.

The Seattle Times reports (https://bit.ly/1PdZKXt) the state attorney general filed charges against Yu-Ling Wong, who is the majority owner of Taiwanese restaurant Facing East. Her attorney says he is preparing to defend his client.

Auditors noticed lower-than-normal cash sales during a routine examination of the company’s tax returns from 2010 to 2013.

Wong faces charges of theft, unlawful use of sales-suppression software and filing false tax returns. Investigators say she told them she used a USB drive containing software that deleted sales.

She also told officials she was worried about community backlash for explaining the software that many restaurants use.

Sales-suppression software is illegal to use or possess in Washington.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, https://www.seattletimes.com

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