Harrisburg businessman pleads guilty to tax fraud

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HARRISBURG, Pa. – Businessman Paul Biko, 65, pleaded guilty on Thursday to tax fraud in federal court in Harrisburg. Biko is scheduled to be sentenced in April 2016.

In 2008, Biko was the owner of three Harrisburg businesses: Clearview of Harrisburg, Clearview Landscaping and Clearview Builders. As owner, Biko controlled the financial affairs of the three companies including all business bank accounts. For the fourth quarter of 2008, Biko’s companies withheld employment taxes from employees but failed to pay to the IRS the federal income taxes and Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) taxes due to the United States. The government’s estimate of the loss is approximately $674,969.
Biko was charged in an indictment in April 2014. Charges are still pending against Maura Mia Whetsel, 31, of Harrisburg, the firms’ former Director of Finance and bookkeeper.

Biko faces a maximum penalty under federal law of 5 years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a $10,000 fine.