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Former Pure nightclub host pleads guilty in tax case

A former "VIP host" at Pure Nightclub in Caesars Palace has pleaded guilty in federal court to filing a false federal income tax return in 2006, officials announced today.

Richard Chu pleaded guilty to the count before U.S. District Court Judge Kent Dawson, officials from the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service said.

As a VIP host at Pure, Chu promoted the club, booked reservations and seated patrons at tables from 2005 through 2007, officials said.

Chu allegedly concealed large amounts of income he earned from tip pools, money which typically came from patrons to bypass general admission lines or obtain more desirable seating within the club, officials said.

Chu will be sentenced at 9 a.m. Feb. 9, 2011.

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