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Owner of Penguins practice rink faces tax charges

July 30, 2014
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The owner of a practice rink used by the Pittsburgh Penguins has been indicted on federal charges that he dodged paying more than $1 million in payroll taxes by moving the money through a shell company.

Defense attorney Robert Barnes says 59-year-old Steven Lynch, of Pittsburgh, denies the "totally unfounded" charges.

Lynch owns the IceoPlex at Southpointe, a sports bar, and other businesses connected with the development about 15 miles south of Pittsburgh. Federal prosecutors contend Lynch ordered underlings not to pay the government federal income, Social Security, and Medicare taxes deducted from worker paychecks from 2008 to 2011.

Instead, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/WMZEjo ) reports Lynch allegedly ran the money through a shell company with no assets so the IRS could seize only a small fraction of the debt from the shell's bank accounts.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, http://pghtrib.com

 
 

 

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