Luzerne County publishing company owner pleads guilty to failing to pay federal payroll taxes


Date: July 12, 2023


SCRANTON — The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Tracey Biscontini owner of Northeast Editing, Inc. a publishing company located in Jenkins Township, PA, pleaded guilty on July 10, 2023, before United States District Court Judge Robert D. Mariani, to failing to pay federal payroll taxes.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, the criminal information to which Biscontini pleaded guilty alleges that from 2014 through 2019, Biscontini was required to withhold federal payroll taxes from employees' pay and to pay over these monies to the Internal Revenue Service (I.R.S.). Biscontini acknowledged that she consistently failed to do this for the years indicated.

Biscontini admitted that the monetary loss attributable to her conduct was between $250,000.00 and $550,000.00, and she agreed to make restitution to the IRS in the amount of $448,617.38.

These charges stem from an investigation by Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffery St John is prosecuting the case.

The maximum penalty under federal law for this offense is five years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.