The owner of Osaka, a Japanese restaurant on Wabash Avenue, might be relying on Grubhub for awhile after being sentenced to six months of home confinement for tax evasion. The sentence entered against Chu Chuk Cheung on Oct. 1 by U.S. District Court Judge Sue Myerscough also included two years of probation, a $10,000 fine and an order that he pay more than $468,000 in restitution, which he already had paid when he appeared before Myerscough to learn his punishment after pleading guilty last spring. It could have been worse. Most of the initial charges were dismissed, including allegations that Cheung had withdrawn money from a bank account in $9,000 increments to avoid mandatory reporting of cash transfers triggered when $10,000 is involved. Initially facing 10 charges, Cheung pleaded guilty to a single count of attempting to evade or defeat taxation. “It’s a very good and fair result,” said Jenny Louise Johnson Ware, Cheung’s Chicago-based lawyer, who defended Cheung with the help of local counsel Mark Wykoff. “It always helps to pay restitution.” Cheung depended on accountants who didn’t perform as required, Ware said, and Myerscough questioned why they weren’t charged. “It was unusual because it was a very close call, whether Mr. Cheung really had any knowledge of any wrongdoing,” Ware said. “He relied heavily on accountants to get this right. They did not help him as they should have.”

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