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Convicted Club Kingpin Abdul Khanu Gets Three Years in Jail

Former nightlife impresario Abdul Karim Khanu was sentenced to more than three years in prison on Tuesday. Khanu, the former owner of nightclubs
DC Live, Platinum, and H2O,  has been detained since he was found guilty of tax-evasion charges on Dec. 1.

Khanu was accused of skimming money from two of his establishments– DC Live and Platinum–from at least 2000 to 2003. Prosecutors say Khanu cheated the IRS out of millions, and that the mogul took the money both for personal use and to pay employees under the table.

When cops tossed Khanu's home, they reportedly found $1.9 million in cash, as well as two sets of books.

Court records show that Khanu had recently sued to reinstate his revoked liquor license. But the D.C. Court of Appeals last month upheld the revocation. Khanu had lost the license following various violent incidents at his clubs.

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  • Rick Mangus

    What I would like to know is what politicians did he know and what politician(s) did he piss-off to be caught!

  • Jiggly Puff

    He probably refused Marion Barry entry to the all you can smoke Crack Hoe buffet.

    Oh well. It's not as if DC mightlife is anything worth talking about. Gunshot wounds here, stabbing death there... you know the USUAL DC antics that make this place a cultural wasteland.

  • Typical DC BS

    Damn, I wish I'd known he was hiding all that money at home. I'd have paid him a visit!

  • jiggly puff’s mom


    Where do you go for nightlife? NY? Miami? Vegas? London? Sydney? Rio? Please move to wherever you need to in order to satisfy your nightlife needs. Cultural wasteland? Please. If an adult with money, ingenuity, culture, or the cool factor does not know how to live it up in DC, the problem is not DC...ITS THEM!!!