Tax charges lead to 46-month federal prison term for Garnet Valley mushroom farm owner


Donna Fecondo, 63, was sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison for tax crimes related to her ownership of a mushroom farm and processing operation about a mile north of the Delaware line.

Fecondo, of Garnet Valley, PA, pleaded guilty in 2022 for failing to remit payroll taxes to the IRS.

Fecondo was the president and sole owner of Joseph Silvestri & Son, based in Garnet Valley. Fecondo was charged with withholding the taxes from employees’ pay but did not remit the taxes to the IRS.

In total, for tax years 2013 through 2016, Fecondo should have withheld and remitted to the IRS $1,255,068.94 in employment taxes, but instead, she remitted nothing, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

According to the release, Fecondo also failed to file her 2015 and 2016 personal income tax returns and corporate tax returns on behalf of her company.