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Former Manager at Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel
 Charged with Tax Evasion; Received Vendor Rebates

Kyodo News International, Tokyo
Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News

Apr. 8, 2005 - TOKYO -- Tax authorities have filed a criminal complaint with prosecutors against a former top official of Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel for allegedly evading tax on income he received in rebates in connection with the hotel's wedding business, sources familiar with the case said Friday.

The Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau alleges Itaru Miura, 54, the former hotel official, evaded 40 million yen in income tax on about 110 million yen rebates he received from three firms for a three-year period through 2003, the sources said.

Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel, located in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, is an official hotel of Tokyo Disney Resort theme parks.

Miura is said to have played a leading role in making the hotel one of Japan's top hotels in hosting wedding receptions.

The taxation bureau also filed a complaint against the three companies that paid the rebates to Miura, alleging they evaded about 100 million yen in corporate taxes on 340 million yen in taxable income in violation of the corporate tax law, the sources said.

The three companies offered services such as providing instrument players and decorating banquet rooms for wedding receptions at the hotel.

The companies include Kinoshita Ongaku Jimusho, which sends music players for wedding receptions, and Planning Office Dream, an event planning company.

According to the sources, Miura received rebates from the three companies and kept the money as bank deposits or cash.

The three companies had raised off-the-book money by inflating personnel expenses to pay the rebates to maintain business with the hotel, the sources said.


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