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Chuy's accountant enters plea deal in tax case

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Posted: Friday, August 12, 2011 3:57 pm

TUCSON - Federal authorities say an accountant for several Arizona and California restaurants has entered a plea agreement in connection with a tax evasion case.

Diane Strehlow, of Tempe, was indicted in April along with the father and son team who independently own about 20 restaurants in the Chuy’s Mesquite Broiler chain.

The three were accused of hiring illegal immigrants for the company’s kitchen operations and paying them under the table without collecting state or federal income tax for nearly two years.

Federal prosecutors said Friday that the 47-year-old Strehlow has agreed to plead guilty to one count of trying to defraud the Internal Revenue Service.

They say Strehlow’s sentencing will be deferred for six months and she could get probation if she cooperates with authorities and provides testimony in the case.

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