|Social House photo courtesy of the now-closed restaurant|
Michael Whitelaw, owner of the Social House, an Uptown sushi bar that closed over the summer
, faces 68 felonies, each of which carries a maximum sentence of five years in the slammer, for allegedly cheating the state out of about $100,000 in sales taxes from 2009 to 2011.
Those charges sound stiff. Real stiff. But Hennepin County Attorney's Office officials openly acknowledge Whitelaw almost certainly won't go to prison for more than 23 months, and could get off without serving time behind bars at all.See also:
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