Businesswoman charged

BEECH CREEK – A long-time local businesswoman has been charged with failing to pay sales and employer taxes of more than $100,000.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced that criminal charges have been filed against Donna Bittner, owner of the popular Beech Creek Furst Corner.

Bittner was responsible for preparing, filing and paying the sales and employer taxes for Beech Creek Furst Corner. Instead of remitting tax payments to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, she used the funds for business operations, officials allege.

Bittner is charged with failing to pay a total of $114,456.81 in sales and employer taxes between June 2012 and March 2017. The total includes $106,565.20 in state sales tax and $7,891.61 in employer withholding tax.

The complaint was filed Monday and arraignments are being made for Bittner to turn herself in, Shapiro said.

The case was referred to the Office of Attorney General by the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue’s Bureau of Criminal Tax Investigations.