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Founder of Happy’s Pizza Chain Facing Jail Time

DETROIT (AP) — Lawyers for the founder of the Farmington Hills-based Happy’s Pizza chain are asking a judge to consider two years of full-time community service as part of his punishment for tax crimes.

Happy Asker is returning to federal court on Monday for his sentence. His lawyers acknowledge that some prison time is likely, but they hope Judge Denise Page Hood considers community service as well.

Asker’s lawyers, for example, say Detroit Public Schools could benefit from his skills as an entrepreneur.

Asker was convicted in November of conspiracy and tax crimes in a scheme to conceal millions of dollars in income. Prosecutors are recommending more than 10 years in prison.

Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon is asking the judge to consider an alternative to prison.

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