Owner-chef of Chicago-area eateries charged with fraud

CHICAGO – The chef-owner of several Chinese restaurants in the Chicago area has been charged with intentionally underpaying state taxes by not reporting all cash receipts.

Tony Hu was charged Friday in U.S. District Court with wire fraud and money laundering.

The 48-year-old Hu, whose real name is Hu Xiaojun, runs the Tony Gourmet Group. In addition to restaurants in Chicago, Evanston and Downers Grove, the group operates one restaurant in Connecticut and one in Las Vegas.

Hu graduated from The Culinary Institute of Sichuan, the first culinary institute in China, in 1989. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1993.

Federal agents executed search warrants at several of Hu’s restaurants in Chicago’s Chinatown neighbourhood in October 2014. They also searched his Michigan Avenue condominium.

Telephone calls to Hu for comment weren’t immediately returned.