"Happy's" founder accused of conspiracy - WNEM TV 5

"Happy's" founder accused of conspiracy

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The founder of a Detroit-area pizza chain is promising a vigorous defense to federal charges of conspiracy and tax crimes.  

The government says Happy Asker was holding more than pepperoni at Happy's Pizza.

The indictment accuses him and others of keeping fraudulent accounting records and falsely reporting business taxes that were due to the Internal Revenue Service.  

Asker appeared in Detroit federal court Tuesday and was released on bond. In a statement Wednesday, Happy's Pizza says the allegations are "baseless."  

The government says the crimes involved some Happy's Pizza franchises.

The Farmington Hills-based company says it has 100 locations in Michigan and other states.


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