Iceoplex owner indicted on tax charges

July 30, 2014
Exterior of Iceoplex at Southpointe in Cecil Township Wednesday - Jim McNutt / Observer-Reporter Order a Print

The majority owner of the Iceoplex at Southpointe in Cecil Township was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of failing to pay more than $1 million in payroll taxes between 2008 and 2011.

Steven J. Lynch, 59, of Pittsburgh, was indicted Tuesday on 11 counts – 10 on failure to pay, one on obstruction of the Internal Revenue Code.

Lynch, according to the indictment, ordered staffers not to pay the government federal income taxes and Social Security and Medicare contributions that were withheld from employee paychecks.

Defense attorney Robert M. Barnes could not be reached for comment. Barnes, of the Pittsburgh firm Marcus & Shapira LLP, was quoted in a news report as saying Lynch denies the charges.

Since opening May 20, 1995, the Iceoplex has been the practice facility of the National Hockey League’s Pittsburgh Penguins. It is a 65,000-square-foot structure that also serves numerous youth, adult and recreational hockey programs. The complex is on a 5-acre site at 114 Southpointe Boulevard.

According to the indictment, Lynch owns Iceoplex and other businesses, including a real estate company and The Boulevard at Iceoplex, which is part of the skating complex.

Lynch, an attorney, has been the Iceoplex president since at least 2003. He served with the Penguins ownership group of Howard Baldwin, Morris Belzberg and Tom Ruta, which filed for bankruptcy in October 1998.

Southpointe Rink Associates LP, the current ownership group, purchased Southpointe in 2001.

The Penguins will switch practice facilities in 2015, relocating to UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Township, Butler County.

Rick Shrum joined the Observer-Reporter as a reporter in 2012, after serving as a section editor, sports reporter and copy editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Rick has won seven individual writing awards, including two Golden Quills.

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