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Friday, April 30, 2010

Suriya Thai Owner Indicted on Tax Fraud

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Last summer, the restaurant moved to SOMA from its longtime location on Valencia (shown here). - DANMACHOLD/FLICKR
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  • Last summer, the restaurant moved to SOMA from its longtime location on Valencia (shown here).
The owner of SOMA's Suriya Thai was charged with tax fraud earlier this month ― the U.S. Department of Justice reported that Suriya Srithong was indicted on two counts two counts of filing a false tax return and 16 counts of failing to account for and pay over payroll taxes. He was arrested in S.F. on April 14.

The indictment's dirty details: For 2005 and 2006, Srithong filed only individual returns, failing to report gross receipts, expenses, or taxes for the restaurant. The Feds say he also ignored the issue of employment taxes. Bummer.

A longtime presence in the Mission, the restaurant left 1432 Valencia (current home of Pi Bar) in early 2009, only to reopen in SOMA at 1532 Howard. Despite Srithong's troubles, the restaurant is still open for business.

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