Ex-Texas Nightclub Owner Sentenced In Tax Fraud Case

AUSTIN (September 13, 2013)--Hussein Ali "Mike" Yassine, the former owner of nine Austin nightclubs, was sentenced Friday to three years in prison and ordered to pay $2.5 million in restitution after his conviction for tax fraud.

Yassine is already serving 12 years after he was convicted on money laundering charges.

U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks ruled Friday that Yassine's new sentence will run consecutively with his current sentence.

Yassine, 41, was accused of using his downtown Austin bars to launder more than $200,000 in what prosecutors believed to be proceeds from drug trafficking.

Yassine Enterprises was once downtown Austin's biggest nightclub operator.

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