Farah's, Kuzzin's owner sentenced to 13 months in prison

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - A local bar owner has been sentenced to 13 months in federal prison for obstructing an Internal Revenue Service audit.

Brian Farah has also been ordered to pay restitution, a $5,000 fine and serve one year on supervised release after his prison sentence.

The 42 year old and his father Michael own Farah's, Kuzzin's, and Drake's.

The two previously pled guilty to the charge. Michael Farah will be sentenced in July.

According to a release from the Department of Justice, in 2013, they skimmed $232,000 in cash from the bars, which they did not report on their business tax returns or individual tax returns. In 2014, they skimmed $176,000 in cash from the bars, which they again did not report on their tax returns.

After learning they would be audited, they tried to delete the bars' sales records to hide what they had done. Their sales software provider informed the IRS of the deletion, leading to their arrests.

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Kayla Fortney is a digital producer at WZZM 13. Have a news tip? Email news@wzzm13.com, visit our Facebook page or Twitter.

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