- Associated Press - Thursday, July 14, 2016

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The owner of an Ann Arbor bar featured on a TV show has been sentenced to prison after authorities say he pocketed more than $700,000 in sales tax from customers.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says 43-year-old Brian Michael Flore of Brighton learned his punishment on Wednesday in Ingham County Circuit Court. The sentence includes 2 to 5 years in prison and more than $1.5 million in restitution.

Flore’s lawyer Andrew Abood tells the Detroit Free Press the sentence is “unfair” and “disproportionate.”

Flore pleaded guilty last year to failing to pay taxes and was given 11 months to make payments. Schuette said Flore didn’t comply with the terms.

“The Arena” was featured on Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue.” Earlier, an investigation had started into tax payments over a 10-year period.


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