Wednesday, June 3, 2015

South Philly state Rep's business partner indicted on tax charges

Mark Olkowski, longtime business partner of state Rep. Bill Keller, has been indicted on federal charges of filing false personal and business tax returns and wire fraud of allegedly collecting more than $25,000 in improper unemployment claims.

South Philly state Rep's business partner indicted on tax charges

Mark Olkowski, longtime business partner of state Rep. Bill Keller, has been indicted on federal charges of filing false personal and business tax returns and wire fraud of allegedly collecting more than $25,000 in improper unemployment claims.

Olkowski and Keller operate K&O Sports, a Pennsport company known for printing up sweatshirts and t-shirts for local unions, political campaigns and taverns.  Teams of FBI and IRS agents in August 2010 raided the company's office and Olkowski's home along with Keller's district office and home and other locations.

The grand jury indictment released today by the U.S. Attorney's Office accuses Olkowski of under-reporting his personal income by a total of $237,097 from 2006 to 2009 and under-reporting his company's income by $251,272 during the same period.  Olkowski is also accused of collecting $25,484 in unemployment benefits from 2007 to 2009 while he was self-employed at K&O Sports.

Keller is mentioned briefly in the indictment, identified only as "W.K."  His attorney in 2010 said federal agents took "general business records" from his office and home and said Keller was uninvolved in and unaware of any criminal activity.

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