April 11, 2013
Allegheny County pizza shop owner accused of stealing more than $60,000 in Commonwealth funds
HARRISBURG - An Allegheny County pizza shop owner was arrested today by agents from the Attorney General's Office, along with agents from the Department of Revenue Office of Criminal Tax Investigators, following allegations that she stole more than $60,000 of collected sales tax monies and deliberately failed to turn the funds over to the Commonwealth.
Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane identified the defendant as Bethany Verlich, 33, 878 Craig St., Clairton. Verlich is the sole owner and operator of Original Pizza Works, 1232 Route 51, Clairton.
According to the criminal complaint, between July 2008 and December 2012, Verlich collected $62,140 in state sales tax from sales at her business, and failed to submit any of those monies to the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue as required by law.
Additionally, the charges state that Verlich continued to operate Original Pizza Works without a valid sales tax license, despite notification in 2009 that her license had been revoked by the Department of Revenue.
Verlich is charged with 36 counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of funds, one count of failure to file personal income tax returns, and one count of operating a business without a sales tax license.
The case will be prosecuted in Allegheny County by Senior Deputy Attorney General William Caye II of the Attorney General's Criminal Prosecution Section.
Kane thanked the Department of Revenue - Office of Criminal Tax Investigators for their assistance with the investigation.
(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)
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