Two men from Georgia have been charged with stealing nearly $350,000 in unpaid taxes from four hotels in Pennsylvania, including the Clarion Hotel near DuBois.
That hotel closed abruptly in late 2008 and has since reopened under new management.
Agents from the Attorney General's office charged the pair with theft for failing to pay nearly $350,000 in Pennsylvania taxes.
Charles Morais, 47, and Sunil Mir, 36, both of 2767 Windy Hill Road, Marietta, Ga., are the owners of Kronos Hotels, LLC, which owned hotels cross the United States, including hotels in Allegheny, Clearfield, Lancaster and York counties.
The charges state that between 2008 and 2009, the defendants failed to pay $310,849 in state sales tax and $37,020 that was withheld from their employees' paychecks.
"These defendants are charged with stealing nearly $350,000 in sales and withholding taxes," Corbett said. "Their alleged criminal conduct could increase the tax burden on the hard-working and honest business people who follow the law."
According to the criminal complaint, the total amount of unpaid sales tax and withholding tax for the four Pennsylvania hotels was nearly $347,869. The hotels owned by Kronos Hotels were:
* The Clarion Hotel, 1896 Rich Highway, DuBois.
* The Holiday Inn Greentree, 401 Holiday Drive, Pittsburgh.
* The Holiday Inn, 334 Arsenal Road, York.
* The Holiday Inn, 521 Greenfield St, Lancaster.
They owe $95,348 in state sales taxes on the Clarion Hotel in DuBois, $126,302 on the Holiday Inn Greentree in Pittsburgh, $56,921 on the Holiday Inn in Lancaster and $32,278 on the Holiday Inn in York.
In addition, Morais and Mir face charges in connection with nearly $5,500 and $5,700 in unpaid Pennsylvania personal income tax, respectively.
Morais and Mir are each charged with four counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received, a third-degree felony, and with 24 counts of willful failure to remit sales tax, and two counts of willful failure to file sales tax returns, which are ungraded misdemeanors .