WASHINGTON (AP) -- The District of Columbia has shut down nine restaurants because city officials say their owner failed to pay nearly $500,000 in sales taxes.
Five of the restaurants are Subway sandwich shop franchises. The district's tax office revoked the sales and use tax certificates of the restaurants on Thursday.
The tax office says it made numerous attempts to collect the outstanding taxes. It says the owner, Yasmin Parveen, did not respond to several collection notices.
The restaurants are in various locations around the city. At one location in Georgetown, a Subway restaurant was shut down along with a KFC, a Taco Bell and a Pizza Hut. The tax office says additional collection actions are possible, including bank levies or seizures.
Parveen did not immediately respond to a telephone message.
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