Korean hostess club in Akasaka accused of ¥120 million in tax evasion

Club Serenade Akasaka is alleged to have evaded 120 million yen in taxes

TOKYO (TR) – The Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau charged the former manager of a club employing Korean hostesses in the Akasaka entertainment district with tax evasion, it was learned on Tuesday, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Aug. 26).

According to the indictment filed with the Tokyo District Court, Chang Mi Young, the 53-year-old ex-manager of club Serenade Akasaka, failed to report 210 million yen in income between 2011 and 2012, which represents an evasion of 77 million yen in taxes.

Chang is also alleged to have not paid 45 million yen in employee salaries withheld for tax purposes between August of 2011 and May of 2012.

The missing funds are believed to have gone to Chang’s bank account or to the day to day operation of the club, according to the Yomiuri Shimbun (Aug. 26).

People familiar with the matter said that Chang registered club Serenade Akasaka, which closed in November of last year, with health and safety agencies in the name of a third person.

Over a two-year period, the club collected one billion yen in revenue while employing up to 40 hostesses.

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