Pennsylvania Business Owner Sentenced for Failure To Pay Employment Taxes

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SCRANTON, PA — The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that John Worobey, age 53, of Abington Township, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to three months in prison to be followed by two years of supervised release by United States District Court Judge Robert D. Mariani on March 23, 2023, for failure to pay employment taxes.  

Worobey owned and operated Prime Electric, Inc., an electrical contracting business in Dunmore, Pennsylvania.  Between 2016 and 2019, Worobey collected $264,644 of federal employment taxes from his employees as he was required to by law but did not turn those employment taxes over to the IRS.

In June 2022, Worobey pleaded guilty to failing to pay employment taxes. At his guilty plea, he agreed to pay the IRS $244,644 in restitution owed.  Before sentencing, Worobey paid all of the restitution to the government.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael A. Consiglio prosecuted the case.

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