CHICAGO – The former Chicago suburban nightclub operator has been tried in federal court for six years of helping draft and filing false corporate tax returns.
ALICIA ARNOLD purposely assisted in preparing and filing bogus and fraudulent income tax returns for the calendar years 2012 through 2017 for Arnie’s Idle Hour, the Arnold nightclub that operates in Harvey, Illinois. in the US District Court in Chicago. In each of the false tax returns, the nightclub’s gross revenues and sales were significantly underestimated, the information said.
Arnold, 51, of Las Vegas, Nevada, and formerly of Homer Glen, Illinois, pleaded not guilty to her indictment before U.S. Judge Jeffrey T. Gilbert today. A status hearing has been scheduled for March 3, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. before US District Judge Jorge L. Alonso.
The charges were brought forward by John R. Lausch Jr., United States attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. Tamera D. Cantu, assistant special envoy for the Chicago Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation Department; Emmerson Buie Jr., special agent in charge of the FBI’s Chicago Field Office; and Thomas J. Dart, Cook County Sheriff. The government is represented by US assistant attorneys Grayson Walker and Maureen Merin.
The public is reminded that information is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is believed to be innocent and has the right to a fair trial, with a burden on the government to prove the guilt beyond doubt. Each count is punished with up to three years in prison. If convicted, the court must impose an appropriate sentence in accordance with federal law and US advisory sentencing guidelines.