John Stuchkus, Owner of The Chicken Coop, Was
Sentenced to One Year and a Half in Federal
John Stuchkus is the owner of The Chicken Coop restaurant in Wilkes-Barre and recently pleaded guilty to 43 misdemeanor tax violations. As a result, he was sentenced to 12 years probation.
He was found guilty of withholding federal and employer taxes from employees’ paychecks, then failing to pay them. As a result, he was ordered to pay $397,406 in restitution.
Early Life and Education
John Stuchkus was born and raised in Wilkes-Barre Township, graduating from Wilkes-Barre High School before attending the University of Scranton with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. As owner of The Chicken Coop restaurant in Wilkes-Barre, Stuchkus has been sentenced to one year and half in federal prison for failing to pay taxes on income from his business ventures.
Eleanor Patricia Cembrock, 93 of Wilkes-Barre Township and beloved by her loving family, passed away July 20, 2019 at Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Dallas. Survived by her husband Albert V. Wasloski; children Patricia with husband Alan; Elaine with husband Joseph; Edward with his wife Dana; 6 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; brother Albert “Bennie” Stuchkus; sister Tillie Yanushefski; as well as numerous nieces and nephews, all in attendance.
John Stuchkus, 59 years old from Pittston, was recently sentenced to 18 months in prison for failing to pay federal income and payroll taxes owed the IRS. Additionally, he will have to pay $397,406 in restitution – the largest single payment ever made by the United States government to a private citizen for tax fraudulence; it equals one fifth of what was owed by Stuchkus in 2017 alone.
Achievements and Honors
His many accomplishments included being part of Tobyhanna Army Depot’s longest serving employee award holder group. On his birthday, a commemorative crystal vase was presented to him as a token of appreciation.
His other major achievement was founding Chick-N Enterprises Inc., a well-named business that achieved three things: an excellent launch, successful ad campaign and new location in Wilkes-Barre. Unfortunately for its founder and chief executive officer though, they both received 18 month federal prison sentences for not paying federal income and payroll taxes on their largest transaction. Furthermore, Chick-N Enterprises had numerous high-profile scandals such as filing a fraudulent tax return and reaching a multimillion dollar settlement with the IRS.
John Stuchkus is the owner of The Chicken Coop in Wilkes-Barre and has been in the restaurant industry for over three decades.
Stuchkus allegedly failed to pay federal employment and federal insurance contribution Act taxes, which are deducted from employee paychecks. Furthermore, he used sales tax money instead of remitting it to the state.
He was sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution of $397,406 in payroll taxes as punishment. Prosecutors said this amount represents lost government revenue for nine years.
John Stuchkus is the owner and founder of The Chicken Coop restaurant in Wilkes-Barre, PA and was recently sentenced to one and a half years of federal prison for failing to pay his taxes. Authorities allege that as owner, he deducted and collected federal and other taxes from employees’ paychecks without filing them on time, leading the government to lose over $400,000 in tax money. Stuchkus, 60, was ordered to make $397,406 in restitution as well as placed on probation by Luzerne County Judge Michael Vough; this sentence will end after three years if Stuchkus fulfills all restitution payments before then.