Harrisburg business owner gets probation for state tax offenses

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The former owner of several Dauphin County businesses must serve five years on probation and pay more than $100,000 in restitution for failing to pay sales and personal income taxes.

Paul M. Biko was sentenced this week after pleading no contest to 62 counts of state tax offenses, the Revenue Department announced.

Biko is the former owner and principal officer of Bruster’s of Central Pennsylvania, Strategic Market Resources, and Luxury Limousine of Harrisburg.

Authorities said he failed to file required returns and to turn over $48,565.87 in collected sales tax and $51,607.64 in withheld state income taxes between April 2009 and March 2011.

Dauphin County Common Pleas Judge Deborah Curcillo sentenced Biko to probation with the condition he pays the full amount of restitution within two weeks.

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