On Friday, August 25, 2017, Pennsylvania General Josh Shapiro announced that two central Pennsylvania business proprietors had been charged for failing to pay more than $214,000 in state sales and income taxes over the period of three years. Charges have been brought against Lorraine Fritz with Reel Time Automotive and Andrew Horton of Parma Pizza & Grill. The charges include felony theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received and willful failure to pay sales tax and submit sales tax returns as required by law.
53-year-old Lorraine Fritz of Berne Road in Hamburg worked as the primary bookkeeper for Reel Time Auto. The company operates as Meineke Car Care Center. Fritz was responsible for preparing, filing and paying sales taxes for the business, which is owned by her husband Dale Fritz. The business is located on Penn Avenue in Sinking Spring and has a second location on MacArthur Road in Whitehall.
Fritz has been charged with failing to pay $119,779 in sales tax from August 2015 to May 2017. She has also been charged with failing to pay $11,896 in employer withholding taxes. Fritz is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Senior Deputy Attorney General Anthony Forray will be responsible for prosecuting the case.
Also, 42-year-old Andrew Horton of Wormleysburg owns the Parma Pizza and Grill. Horton was responsible for filing and paying sales tax for the business. Instead, he is accused of utilizing the funds to cover operating costs for the business, which is located on Haines Road in York. Horton has been accused of failing to pay more than $83,000 in sales taxes from October 2014 to July 2017.
In that case, Deputy Attorney General Rebecca Franz will be responsible for prosecuting. Again, Andrew Horton remains innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.