Former nightlife impresario Abdul Karim Khanu was sentenced to more than three years in prison on Tuesday. Khanu, the former owner of nightclubs
DC Live, Platinum, and H2O, has been detained since he was found guilty of tax-evasion charges on Dec. 1.
Khanu was accused of skimming money from two of his establishments— DC Live and Platinum—from at least 2000 to 2003. Prosecutors say Khanu cheated the IRS out of millions, and that the mogul took the money both for personal use and to pay employees under the table.
When cops tossed Khanu’s home, they reportedly found $1.9 million in cash, as well as two sets of books.
Court records show that Khanu had recently sued to reinstate his revoked liquor license. But the D.C. Court of Appeals last month upheld the revocation. Khanu had lost the license following various violent incidents at his clubs.