Old Forge couple charged with tax evasion for concealing over $550,000 from the IRS


Date: January 14, 2021

Contact: newsroom@ci.irs.gov

Scranton, PA — Lynne Mineo and Richard Mineo, both of Old Forge, Pennsylvania, were charged in a criminal information with tax evasion.

According to Acting United States Bruce D. Brandler, the information alleges that the Mineos, who are husband and wife, failed to report a total of $550,469.92 in income between tax years 2014 ($145,205), 2015 ($169,346), 2016 ($153,749), and 2017 ($82,168). The income was for the Mineos' business, a beer retail store called Mineo's Brewer's Outlet, located in Dunmore, Pennsylvania.

The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service's Criminal Investigation Division. Assistant U.S. Attorney Phillip J. Caraballo is prosecuting the case.

Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

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.

The maximum penalty under federal law for this offense is five years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant's educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.