Parma Pizza owner charged with failing to pay $68K in taxes

Jason Addy

A Spring Garden Township pizzeria owner was arraigned Thursday after the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office alleged he failed to pay more than $68,000 in state taxes.

Parma Pizza & Grill owner Anthony Sottasante, 47, of the 600 block of Country Club Road in the township, is charged with 19 counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received, including 16 felony charges, according to charging documents.

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Sottasante allegedly failed to pay $58,181 in state sales taxes, $8,671 in personal income taxes and $2,108 in employer withholding taxes from 2013 to 2016, according to a news release from the attorney general’s office.

“When business owners collect taxes and don’t turn them over to the commonwealth, those are funds that cannot be used to provide essential services to our citizens,” Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in the release. “We’ll work every day to ensure those who use tax funds in this way are held responsible.”

The Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations began investigating Sottasante after a referral from the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, according to the release.

Sottasante was arraigned on the charges in District Judge Jennifer Clancy’s office and released without bail. A preliminary hearing in his case is scheduled for March 20.

Parma Pizza & Grill is located at 905 Grantley Road in Spring Garden Township.