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Prominent San Gabriel Valley Dumpling Group Pleads Guilty to $2 Million Tax Fraud

Plus, Sumo Dog’s new locations, more mask mandates in California, and a new turn for Long Beach’s troubled Restauration restaurant

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Different ways to eat Xiaolong Bao, at Crystal Jade Jiang Nan Shop 310, Tai Yau Building, 181 Johnston Road, Wan Chai. in Hong Kong on June 13 2017. 13JUN17 [FEATURES] SCMP / Nora TAM
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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

One of the San Gabriel Valley’s most well-known dumpling restaurant groups has pled guilty to a wide-ranging and decade-long tax fraud scheme, resulting in a $2 million penalty, reports LAist. The Mama’s Lu Dumpling owners, brother and sister Yan and William Lu, settled the multi-million-dollar payout with the state last Friday, officials say, after first being investigated in 2018 for filing false tax returns and hiding income.

The pair have run a number of prominent San Gabriel Valley restaurants over the years under various business names, including the xiao long bao hotspot Mama Lu’s Dumpling House. They do not own the 501 W. Garvey Avenue location; that’s held by a separate and unattached owner named Anna Tang, who bought the business in 2015 and has not been charged with any tax fraud.

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  • Cult Santa Monica is hosting a block party and crawfish boil on August 28, which will include live music, lots of seafood, and $8 rum drinks.
  • Sumo Dog, the popular event pop-up and former Koreatown restaurant known for Japanese-inspired hot dogs, is pushing steadily into stadium deals across the country — including at Inglewood’s new SoFi Stadium, where Sumo Dog will now have two locations.