Lower Southampton Bar Owners Face Tax Charges

The Kopper Kettle Bar and Restaurant. Image via Google Maps.

The two owners of the Kopper Kettle Bar and Restaurant in Lower Southampton are each facing tax related offenses.

Located on the 1900 block of Bridgetown Pike in Feasterville, Kopper Kettle serves a hefty amount of seafood. Founded in 1973, it offers the dining atmosphere of an old home or takeout.

However, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania alleges the owners did not report $263,340 in taxes. The money reportedly went in the form of cash payments to dishwasher employees between Mar. 2012 through Sept. 2016.

Now, Stephen Eckler, 68, and Robert Yost, 52, could face a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and restitution if convicted.

“Our tax system requires businesspeople to truthfully report the wages paid to their employees,” said U.S. Attorney McSwain. “The defendants’ practice of paying their employees in cash, concealing this from the IRS, and failing to collect and pay federal employment taxes, undermines the integrity of the federal income tax system and harms those who play by the rules.”

The Internal Revenue Service and Criminal Investigation Division investigated this case.