Wilkes-Barre moving company owner sentenced for failing to pay required federal payroll taxes


Date: October 26, 2022

Contact: newsroom@ci.irs.gov

SCRANTON — The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Jason T. Cawley, owner of J. Cawley Moving, located in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on October 25, 2022, by United States District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion to 2 years’ probation, including 6 months of home confinement with electronic monitoring, for failing to collect and pay over several years’ worth of required federal payroll taxes.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, for a five year period from 2015 to 2019, Cawley willfully failed to account for and pay over to the IRS required federal payroll taxes in the total amount of $398,726.61. Although he withheld the funds from his employees’ pay, Cawley consistently failed to pay the monies over to the IRS, as required.  Cawley also failed to file the required quarterly Forms 941 with the IRS.

At sentencing, Cawley was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $245,388.91, which constitutes the balance of the unpaid taxes.      

The case was investigated by IRS-Criminal Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffery St John prosecuted the case.