Canadian tax-evasion software triggers major U.S. probe and leaves salesman facing up to 25 years

Tucked into a strip mall in suburban Bellevue, Wash., Facing East Restaurant is known for its authentic Taiwanese food, homey decor and frequently “insane” waits for a table.
It is also ground zero for investigations that this month revealed millions of dollars in alleged tax evasion across numerous businesses — all made possible by a Canadian computer company’s devious export.
A salesman who distributed “sales-suppression” software allegedly made by British Columbia’s Profitek — enabling Facing East and other restaurants to electronically reduce revenue figures and thus pay far less tax — is to be sentenced in February on fraud and other charges.
After pleading guilty last week, John Yin, 66, faces up to 25 years in prison. The products he sold — also called “zappers” — allegedly enabled eight Seattle-area restaurants to evade $3.4 million in taxes.
But Yin’s lawyer says his client was a small fish, and wants the U.S. Attorney’s office …