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Owner of Hi-Lake Liquors charged with tax evasion

March 22, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS—Yesterday in federal court, the owner of Hi-Lake Liquors in Minneapolis
was charged with federal tax evasion. On March 21, 2012, Luke Jacob was charged via an
Information with one count of tax evasion.

Allegedly, on June 21, 2011, Jacob filed a false tax return for the tax year 2008, in which he
failed to report more than $486,000 in taxable income. This overstatement allegedly resulted in
a tax loss to the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) of $75,488.

If convicted, Jacob faces a potential maximum penalty of five years in prison. All sentences
will be determined by a federal district court judge. This case is the result of an investigation by
the IRS-Criminal Investigation Division. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States
Attorneys Timothy Rank and Surya Saxena.

A defendant, of course, is presumed innocent until he or she pleads guilty or is proven guilty at trial. Per U.S.
Department of Justice policy, the U.S. Attorney’s Office is not allowed to provide the age and city of residence for
defendants charged in criminal tax cases.

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