Founder of Happy's Pizza Chain Convicted of Tax Crimes

Happy Asker, the CEO and founder of a popular Michigan-based pizza chain has been convicted of conspiracy to defraud the United States government and 32 counts of tax crimes, including 28 counts of aiding and assisting the filing of false tax returns.  This pizza chain has over 100 locations and has been around for about 20 years.

Asker headed a “systematic and pervasive tax fraud scheme,” with employees and franchise owners, which involved underreporting gross sales and passing along the unreported income to key employees, franchisees, and Asker himself.  It also appears as though he was not very cooperative during the investigation, purposely misleading IRS Criminal Investigation agents in interviews.

Most of the Happy’s Pizza stores are located in Michigan and Ohio, although there is one store down in El Cajon, CA.  I had never heard of this chain before, so I tried to dig up what I could on the founder with the funny moniker.  There really isn’t much on the web about this guy.  Maybe he wanted it this way.


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