September 2, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A federal judge is starting the clock on three
years' probation for a former Las Vegas Strip nightclub operator in
a tip concealment tax case.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports U.S. District Judge Kent Dawson gave Justice Department lawyers several chances Monday to tell him they wanted him off the case involving Steve Davidovici.
Prosecutors say they'll appeal because of "procedural
irregularities" by the judge.
Dawson sentenced Davidovici last month to probation, eight
months' home confinement, and about $141,000 in restitution.
Prosecutors sought 18 months for Davidovici for concealing
millions in tips from the Internal Revenue Service.
Dawson said he feared Davidovici couldn't get proper treatment
in prison for a degenerative eye condition.
Dawson later disclosed that his 38-year-old son might have
bartended at a club associated with Davidovici.