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Clear Lake businesswoman gets house arrest for tax evasion

PIERRE (AP) — A woman who owns a bar and restaurant in the eastern South Dakota city of Clear Lake has been sentenced for tax evasion.

Fifty-one-year-old Jacquelyn Mellendorf pleaded guilty to one felony count, was given a suspended sentence and fined $1,500 and court costs. She will spend 45 days on house arrest and 1 1/12 years on probation.

Mellendorf owns and operates Melvee's Inc. in Clear Lake. Before she was sentenced she paid nearly $4,500 in restitution to the state and $3,500 in prosecution costs.