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The owner of Parma Pizza and Grill in Springettsbury Township is facing criminal charges for failing to pay more than $83,000 in state sales taxes, according to a news release from the state Attorney General's Office.

Andrew Horton, 42, of Wormleysburg, is accused of failing to pay sales taxes between October 2014 and July 2017, the release states. He has been arraigned, with a preliminary hearing set for Aug. 31, according to the release.

This is the second time this year that the AG's office has filed such charges against an owner of a local Parma Pizza shop. Anthony Sottasante, owner of the Spring Garden Township location, was charged in March with failing to pay more than $68,000 in state taxes.

Sottasante said over the phone Friday, Aug. 25, that he and his attorney are working with the AG's office to get everything paid off and resolve all issues.

The news release states that Horton was responsible for filing and paying sales taxes for the business, at 1041 Haines Road, but he instead used those funds to cover operating costs at Parma Pizza.

“When business owners don’t pay the taxes they owe to the commonwealth, those are tax dollars that can never be used to provide essential services to our citizens,” Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in the release, which also details similar charges against the owner of a car care center in Berks County.

“These defendants were stealing from Pennsylvanians. Every business owner and citizen has to pay their taxes, and we’re working to ensure those who don’t pay are held responsible.”

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