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Bruce W. Raber, Jr., 42, owner of It’s Just Pizza, Inc., d/b/a Marco’s Pizza, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $54,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

Mr. Raber, who lives in Spring Hill, was arrested by the Hernando County Sheriff’s Department on November 7, 2013 on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Marco’s Pizza was located at 14319 Spring Hill Drive in Spring Hill.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Raber collected sales tax from customers at his pizza shop. However, during various periods beginning in March 2011 through October 2012, he failed to send in to the state all of the sales taxes that he had collected from his customers. Under state law, sales tax is the property of the state at the moment of collection.

“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements,” said Marshall Stranburg, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. “For those that don’t, it is our job to enforce the law and ensure honest businesses are not placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or worse intentionally collect and steal taxpayer dollars.”

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue investigations office in Port Richey at 727-841-4272.

11/8/2013Yes2013
  
Daniel Patrick O'Connor, 25, owner of O'Connor's Irish Pub Company, doing business as The Irish Pub and Grill on Main, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $19,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

Mr. O'Connor, who lives in Nokomis, was arrested by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Department on October 29, 2013 on a felony charges relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. The Irish Pub and Grill on Main was located on Main Street in Sarasota.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. O'Connor collected sales tax from customers of his restaurant. However, during various periods beginning in October 2011through January 2013, he failed to send in to the state all of the sales taxes that he had collected from his customers. Under state law, sales tax is the property of the state at the moment of collection.

“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements,” said Marshall Stranburg, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. “For those that don't, it is our job to enforce the law and ensure honest businesses are not placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and steal taxpayer dollars.”

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue investigations office in Tampa at 813-744-6506.

10/30/2013Yes2013
  
Eddie Delance Potts, 58, owner of DMG Janitorial, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $7,500 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

Mr. Potts, who lives in Milton, was arrested by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Department on October 29, 2013 on felony charges relating to theft of state funds and failure to file sales and use tax returns. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, and investigative costs.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Potts collected sales tax from customers of his business. However, during various periods in 2010, 2011 and 2012, he failed to send in to the state all of the sales taxes that he had collected from his customers. Under state law, sales tax is the property of the state at the moment of collection.

“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements,” said Marshall Stranburg, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. “For those that don't, it is our job to enforce the law and ensure honest businesses are not placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and steal taxpayer dollars.”

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue investigations office in Pensacola at 850-595-5188.

10/29/2013Yes2013
  
Kelley L. Lauer, 34, and Shawn M. Lauer, 35, the former owners of Haller's Automotive, LLC, an auto repair shop located in New Port Richey, Florida, have been arrested on charges that they stole more than $18,000 in sales tax they collected from their customers but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

The couple, who also live in New Port Richey, were arrested by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Kelley Lauer was arrested on August 31, 2013 and Shawn Lauer was arrested on September 14, 2013, on felony charges relating to theft of state funds and misdemeanor charges relating to refusal to file tax returns and pay taxes due. If convicted, they each face up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen taxes, penalties and investigative costs. Haller's Automotive was located at 4542 West Trouble Creek Road in New Port Richey.

According to Revenue Department investigators, the couple collected tax from customers at their repair shop. However, during various periods beginning in 2011, lasting through periods in 2012, they failed to send in to the state all of the sales taxes that were collected or file tax returns as required by law.



“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements,” said Marshall Stranburg, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. “For those that don't, it is our job to enforce the law and ensure honest businesses are not placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and steal taxpayer dollars.”

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue investigations office in New Port Richey at 727-841-4272.

9/24/2013Yes2013
  
William Daniel Roberts, 62, owner of American Security Enterprises, Inc., has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $15,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

Mr. Roberts, who lives in Tallahassee, was arrested by the Leon County Sheriff's Department on September 10, 2013 on felony charges relating to theft of state funds and failure to file sales and use tax returns. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. American Security Enterprises was located at 4329 West Pensacola Street in Tallahassee.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Roberts collected sales tax from the clients of his business. However, during various periods beginning in July 2011 through May 2013, he failed to file tax returns and send in to the state all of the sales taxes that he had collected from his customers. Under state law, sales tax is the property of the state at the moment of collection.

“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements,” said Marshall Stranburg, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. “For those that don't, it is our job to enforce the law and ensure honest businesses are not placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and steal taxpayer dollars.”

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue investigations office in Tallahassee at 850-487-0461.

9/11/2013Yes2013
  
Renato L. Caldas, the former owner of Made In Brazil Auto Sales, a used car dealership that had been located in Ft. Myers, Florida, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $21,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Mr. Caldas, 36, who lives in Lehigh Acres, was arrested by the Lee County Sheriff's Office on September 3 on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible payment of penalty and investigative costs. Made In Brazil Auto Sales was located at 3711 Palm Beach Boulevard in Ft. Myers.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Caldas collected tax from customers at his dealership. However, during various periods beginning in 2010, lasting through periods in 2011, he failed to send in to the state all of the sales taxes that were collected.

“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements,” said Marshall Stranburg, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. “For those that don't, it is our job to enforce the law and ensure honest businesses are not placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and steal taxpayer dollars.”

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue investigations office in Fort Myers at 239-338-2437.

9/10/2013Yes2013
  
Latrice Stacia Bilal, 28, owner of Franchise Auto Sales, Inc., has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $60,000 in sales tax she collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

Ms. Bilal, who lives in Sanford, was arrested by the Seminole County Sheriff's Department on September 6, 2013 on felony charges relating to theft of state funds and failure to file sales and use tax returns. If convicted, she faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Ms. Bilal collected sales tax from customers of her business. However, during various periods beginning in November 2010 through March 2013, she failed to send the state all of the sales taxes that she had collected from her customers. Under state law, sales tax is the property of the state at the moment of collection. Franchise Auto Sales is located at 1400 South Ronald Reagan Boulevard in Longwood.

“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements,” said Marshall Stranburg, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. “For those that don't, it is our job to enforce the law and ensure honest businesses are not placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and steal taxpayer dollars.”

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue investigations office in Maitland at 407-475-1250.

9/9/2013Yes2013
  
Mark Williams, the Chief Operating Officer for Jaxchex, Inc., that owns nine Checker's franchises located in Duval, Flagler and Clay counties, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $331,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

Mr. Williams 48, who lives in Hoover, Alabama, was arrested by the St. John's County Sheriff's Department on September 5, 2013 on felony charges relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Williams collected tax from customers at all restaurant locations. However, during various periods beginning in 2010 and lasting through periods in 2011, he failed to send in to the state all of the sales taxes that he had collected. Under state law, sales tax is the property of the state at the moment of collection.

“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements,” said Marshall Stranburg, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. “For those that don't, it is our job to enforce the law and ensure honest businesses are not placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and steal taxpayer dollars.”

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue investigations office in Alachua at 386-418-4415.

9/6/2013Yes2013
  
Sameer Okashah, 48, owner of Shoe Central, Inc., has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $8,400 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

Mr. Okashah, who lives in Tallahassee, was arrested by the Leon County Sheriff's Department on July 17, 2013 on felony and misdemeanor charges relating to theft of state funds and failure to file sales and use tax returns. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Okashah collected sales tax from customers at his store. However, during various periods in 2011, 2012 and 2013, he failed to send the state all of the sales taxes that he had collected from his customers. Under state law, sales tax is the property of the state at the moment of collection. Shoe Central, is located at 2415 N. Monroe Street in Tallahassee.

“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements,” said Marshall Stranburg, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. “For those that don't, it is our job to enforce the law and ensure honest businesses are not placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and steal taxpayer dollars.”

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue investigations office in Tallahassee at 850-487-0461.

7/17/2013Yes2013
  
Sameer Okashah, 48, owner of Shoe Central, Inc., has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $8,400 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

Mr. Okashah, who lives in Tallahassee, was arrested by the Leon County Sheriff's Department on July 17, 2013 on felony and misdemeanor charges relating to theft of state funds and failure to file sales and use tax returns. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Okashah collected sales tax from customers at his store. However, during various periods in 2011, 2012 and 2013, he failed to send the state all of the sales taxes that he had collected from his customers. Under state law, sales tax is the property of the state at the moment of collection. Shoe Central, is located at 2415 N. Monroe Street in Tallahassee.

“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements,” said Marshall Stranburg, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. “For those that don't, it is our job to enforce the law and ensure honest businesses are not placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and steal taxpayer dollars.”

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue investigations office inTallahassee at 850-487-0461.

7/17/2013Yes2013
  
Susan K. Segraves, the former owner of ABC Appliance Repair, LLC, located in Pensacola, Florida, has been arrested, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Ms. Segraves, 59, 502 Westwood Drive, Lexington, KY, was arrested by the Escambia County Sheriff's Office on July 8, 2013 on felony and misdemeanor charges relating to failure to file six consecutive returns and refusal to file returns and pay taxes due. If convicted, she faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as possible payment of investigative costs. ABC Appliance Repair was located at 1701 Cedrus Lane in Pensacola.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Ms. Segraves collected tax from customers at her shop, however, during various periods in 2012, she failed to file tax returns and remit the sales tax as required by law.

“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements,” said Marshall Stranburg, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. “For those that don't, it is our job to enforce the law and ensure honest businesses are not placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and steal taxpayer dollars.”

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue Investigations office in Pensacola at 850-595-5188.

7/10/2013Yes2013
  
Susan K. Segraves, the former owner of ABC Appliance Repair, LLC, located in Pensacola, Florida, has been arrested, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Ms. Segraves, 59, 502 Westwood Drive, Lexington, KY, was arrested by the Escambia County Sheriff's Office on July 8, 2013 on felony and misdemeanor charges relating to failure to file six consecutive returns and refusal to file returns and pay taxes due. If convicted, she faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as possible payment of investigative costs. ABC Appliance Repair was located at 1701 Cedrus Lane in Pensacola.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Ms. Segraves collected tax from customers at her shop, however, during various periods in 2012, she failed to file tax returns and remit the sales tax as required by law.

“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements,” said Marshall Stranburg, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. “For those that don't, it is our job to enforce the law and ensure honest businesses are not placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and steal taxpayer dollars.”

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue Investigations office in Pensacola at 850-595-5188.

7/10/2013Yes2013
  
Barbara R. Smith, the owner of BAS Specialty Cars Inc., a used car dealership that is located in Longwood, has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $67,000 in sales tax she collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Ms. Smith, 58, who lives in Astor, was arrested by the Seminole County Sheriff's Office on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, she faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen sales tax, along with payment of penalty and investigative costs. BAS Specialty Cars is located at 1580 South Ronald Reagan Blvd. in Orlando.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Ms. Smith collected tax from customers at her dealership. However, during various periods beginning in 2009, lasting through periods in 2012, she failed to send in to the state all of the sales taxes that were collected.

“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements,” said Marshall Stranburg, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. “For those that don't, it is our job to enforce the law and ensure honest businesses are not placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and steal taxpayer dollars.”

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue Investigations office in Maitland at 407-328-6240.

6/24/2013Yes2013
  
Walter E. Slodyczka, the former owner of Bayshore Florist, that had been located in Fort Myers, Florida, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $7,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Mr. Slodyczka, 61, who also lives in Fort Myers, was arrested by the Lee County Sheriff's Office June 10, 2013 on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as possible payment of tax, penalty, interest and investigative costs. Bayshore Florist was located at 5470 Bayshore Road in North Fort Myers.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Slodyczka collected tax from customers at his florist shop. However, during various periods beginning in 2010, lasting through periods in 2011, he failed to send in to the state all of the sales taxes that were collected.

“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements,” said Marshall Stranburg, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. “For those that don't, it is our job to enforce the law and ensure honest businesses are not placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and steal taxpayer dollars.”

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue Investigations office in Fort Myers at 239-338-2442.

6/12/2013Yes2013
  
Ali A. Khan, the former owner of Motor Nation, Inc., located in Hialeah, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $60,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

Mr. Khan, 51, who also lives in Miami, was arrested by the Miami-Dade Police Department on June 30, 2013, on felony charges relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Mr. Khan's dealership was located at 5612 East 8th Avenue in Miami.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Khan collected tax from customers at his business. However, during various periods beginning in 2008 and lasting through periods in 2010, he failed to send in to the state all of the sales taxes that he had collected. Under state law, sales tax is the property of the state at the moment of collection.

“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements,” said Marshall Stranburg, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. “For those that don't, it is our job to enforce the law and ensure honest businesses are not placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and steal taxpayer dollars.”

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue Investigations office in Miami at 305-513-3290.

6/9/2013Yes2013
  
James Lewis Colston, the owner of Colston Body Shop LLC formerly known as "Colston's Paint & Body Shop," a vehicle paint and body repair located in Quincy, Florida, has been arrested, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Mr. Colston, 63, who lives in Havana, was arrested by the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office on June 6, 2013, on a felony charge relating to failure to file six consecutive sales tax returns. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as possible payment of penalty and investigative costs. Colston Body Shop LLC formerly known as Colston's Paint & Body Shop is located at 1715 Mainline Drive in Quincy.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Colston collected tax from customers at his repair shop. However, during various periods beginning in 2010, lasting through periods in 2013, he failed to file his tax returns as required by law.

“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements,” said Marshall Stranburg, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. “For those that don't, it is our job to enforce the law and ensure honest businesses are not placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and steal taxpayer dollars.”

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue Investigations office in Tallahassee at 850-922-2671.

6/6/2013Yes2013
  
Scott C. Edelman, 43, owner of ME Entertainment & Restaurant LLC, doing business as Dale 1891, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $36,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Mr. Edelman, who lives in Tampa, was arrested by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department on June 2, 2014 on felony and misdemeanor charges relating to theft of state funds and refusal to file sales and use tax returns. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Edelman collected sales tax from customers of his business. However, during various periods beginning in November 2011 through October 2013, he failed to file sales tax returns and send to the state all of the sales taxes that he had collected from his customers. Under state law, sales tax is the property of the state at the moment of collection. Dale 1891 is located at 11742 North Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa.

"It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements," said Marshall Stranburg, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. "For those that don't, it is our job to enforce the law and ensure honest businesses are not placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and steal taxpayer dollars."

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue investigations office in Holiday at 727-938-2551.

6/4/2013Yes2013
  
Michael G. DeBusscher, the owner of Michael's Bistro, located in Spring Hill, Florida, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $15,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Mr. DeBusscher, 42, who lives in Hudson, was arrested by the Hernando County Sheriff's Office May 28, 2013 on a grand theft charge relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen sales tax, along with payment of penalty and investigative costs. Michael's Bistro is located at 120 Commercial Way in Spring Hill.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. DeBusscher collected tax from customers at his restaurant. However, during various periods beginning in 2011, lasting through periods in 2012, he failed to send in to the state all of the sales taxes that were collected.

“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements,” said Marshall Stranburg, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. “For those that don't, it is our job to enforce the law and ensure honest businesses are not placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and steal taxpayer dollars.”

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue Investigations office in Port Richey at 727-841-4272.

5/28/2013Yes2013
  
Adam K. Schantz, the owner of Indian Rocks Beach Cycles, a bicycle repair and sales shop located in Indian Rocks Beach, has been arrested on charges that he evaded paying more than $4,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Mr. Schantz, 42, who lives in Tierra Verde, was arrested by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, May 15, 2013, on felony and misdemeanor charges related to tax evasion and failure to register. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as, penalty and investigative costs. Mr. Schantz's bike shop is located at 1401 Gulf Boulevard, in Indian Rocks Beach.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Schantz collected tax from customers at his repair shop. However, during various periods beginning in 2011 and lasting through periods in 2012, he failed to register with the Department of Revenue and pay sales tax he collected from his customers.

“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements,” said Marshall Stranburg, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. “For those that don't, it is our job to enforce the law and ensure honest businesses are not placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and steal taxpayer dollars.”

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue Investigations office in Clearwater at 727-507-6305.

5/22/2013Yes2013
  
Marco A. Ambrossi, the owner of "I Tan Boutiques", a business specializing in the sales of tanning services located in Clearwater, Palm Harbor and Tampa, Florida, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $8,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Mr. Ambrossi, 32, who lives in Palm Harbor, was arrested by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office on May 20, 2013 on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as possible payment of penalty and investigative costs. I Tan Boutiques are located 2481 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater, 35603 US Highway 19 North in Palm Harbor and 3679 West Waters Avenue in Tampa.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Ambrossi collected tax from customers at his boutique. However, during various periods beginning in 2009, lasting through periods in 2012, he failed to send in to the state all of the sales taxes that were collected.

“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements,” said Marshall Stranburg, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. “For those that don't, it is our job to enforce the law and ensure honest businesses are not placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and steal taxpayer dollars.”

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue Investigations office in Clearwater at 727-507-6305.

5/22/2013Yes2013
  
Eddy Durandisse, the owner of Phil Used Car Center, LLC, located in Davie, Florida, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $18,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Mr. Durandisse, 47, who lives in Miramar, was arrested by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, May 1, 2013, on felony and misdemeanor charges relating to theft of state funds and refusal to file returns and pay taxes due. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as possible payment of penalty and investigative costs. Phil Used Car Center is located at 4701 South West 45th, Street in Davie.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Durandisse collected tax from customers at his business. However, during various periods beginning in 2008, lasting through periods in 2010, he failed to send in to the state all of the sales taxes that were collected or to file tax returns as required by law.

“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements,” said Marshall Stranburg, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. “For those that don't, it is our job to enforce the law and ensure honest businesses are not placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and steal taxpayer dollars.”

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue Investigations office in Coral Springs at 954-346-3067.

5/8/2013Yes2013
  
Paul Rhodenizer, the former owner of Jay's Dress Shop, located in Gainesville, Florida, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $28,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Mr. Rhodenizer, 66, who also lives in Gainesville, was arrested by the Alachua County Sheriff's Office May 6, 2013 on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible payment of penalty and investigative costs. Jay's Dress Shop was located at 3501 South West 2nd Avenue in Gainesville.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Rhodenizer collected tax from customers at his shop. However, during various periods beginning in 2010, lasting through periods in 2012, he failed to send in to the state all of the sales taxes that were collected and filed a false tax return.

“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements,” said Marshall Stranburg, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. “For those that don't, it is our job to enforce the law and ensure honest businesses are not placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and steal taxpayer dollars.”

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue Investigations office in Alachua at 386-418-4415.

5/8/2013Yes2013
  
Brian A. Campbell, 45, the former owner of Capital Quality Buildings, Inc., a business that specialized in the construction and sale of portable buildings located in Tallahassee, Florida, has been arrested on charges that he stole sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Mr. Campbell, who also lives in Tallahassee, was arrested by the Leon County Sheriff's Office, May 3, 2013 on felony charges relating to theft of state funds and failure to file six consecutive tax returns. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen sales tax, along with payment of penalty and investigative costs. Capital Quality Buildings was located at 5339 Capital Circle South West in Tallahassee.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Campbell collected tax from customers at his business. However, during various periods beginning in 2010 and lasting through 2012, he failed to send in to the state all of the sales taxes that were collected and failed to file sales tax returns as required by law.

“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements,” said Marshall Stranburg, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. “For those that don't, it is our job to enforce the law and ensure honest businesses are not placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and steal taxpayer dollars.”

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue Investigations office in Tallahassee at 850-922-2671.

5/7/2013Yes2013
  
Julio Antonio Rosado, the owner of Tony Rosado Automotive Services, Inc., located in Naples, Florida, has been arrested, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Mr. Rosado, 60, who also lives in Naples, was arrested by the Collier County Sheriff's Office on April 25 on felony charges relating to failure to file six consecutive returns and refusal to file returns and pay taxes due. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as possible payment of penalty and investigative costs. Tony Rosado Automotive Services, Inc. is located at 1890 Elsa St. in Naples.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Rosado collected tax from customers at his shop. However, during various periods beginning in 2007, lasting through periods in 2010, he failed to file tax returns as required by law.

“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements,” said Marshall Stranburg, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. “For those that don't, it is our job to enforce the law and ensure honest businesses are not placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and steal taxpayer dollars.”

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue Investigations office in Naples at 239-434-4874.

4/25/2013Yes2013
  
Roberto Galvan, the owner of Galvan Rim Shop and Accessories, a tire store located in Naples, Florida, has been arrested, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Mr. Galvan, 36, who also lives in Naples, was arrested by the Collier County Sheriff's Office on April 23 on felony and misdemeanor charges relating to failure to file six consecutive returns and refusal to file returns and pay taxes due. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as possible payment of penalty and investigative costs. Galvan Rim Shop and Accessories is located at 1705 Tamiami Trail East in Naples.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Galvan collected tax from customers at his shop. However, during various periods beginning in 2011, lasting through periods in 2012, he failed to file tax returns as required by law.

“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements,” said Marshall Stranburg, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. “For those that don't, it is our job to enforce the law and ensure honest businesses are not placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and steal taxpayer dollars.”

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue Investigations office in Naples at 239-434-4874.

4/24/2013Yes2013
  
James A. Bogoeff, Sr., the owner of Jamson Private Investigations, Security and Recovery Agency, located in Key West, Florida, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $41,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

Mr. Bogoeff, 57, who also lives in Key West, was arrested by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, April 22, 2013, on felony and misdemeanor charges relating to theft of state funds, failure to file six consecutive returns and refusing to file and pay taxes due. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Mr. Bogoeff's business is located at 819 Peacock Plaza in Key West.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Bogoeff collected tax from customers at his business. However, during various periods beginning in 2009 and lasting through periods in 2013, he failed to send in to the state all of the sales taxes that he had collected or file tax returns as required by Florida law. Under state law, sales tax is the property of the state at the moment of collection.

“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements,” said Marshall Stranburg, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. “For those that don't, it is our job to enforce the law and ensure honest businesses are not placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and steal taxpayer dollars.”

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue Investigations office in Miami at 305-513-3290.

4/23/2013Yes2013
  
Richard R. Vargas II, the former owner of Virtual Autos, Inc., a closed used car dealership located in Davie, Florida, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $15,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

Mr. Vargas, 23, who lives in Dania, was arrested by the Miramar Police Department, April 13, 2013, on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Mr. Vargas owned and operated Virtual Autos that had been located at 4970 South West 52nd Street in Davie.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Vargas collected tax from customers at his dealership. However, during various periods beginning in 2008 and lasting through periods in 2010, he failed to send in to the state all of the sales taxes that he had collected. Under state law, sales tax is the property of the state at the moment of collection.

“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements,” said Marshall Stranburg, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. “For those that don't, it is our job to enforce the law and ensure honest businesses are not placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and steal taxpayer dollars.”

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue Investigations office in Coral Springs at 954-346-2850.

4/23/2013Yes2013
  
Korney D. Jerry, the owner of Downsouth Urban & Fashion, Inc., a clothing store located in Royal Palm Beach, Florida, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $14,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Mr. Jerry, 32, who lives in Riviera Beach, was arrested by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office on March 21, 2013, on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as possible payment of penalty and investigative costs. Downsouth Urban & Fashion is located at 6901 Okeechobee Boulevard.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Jerry collected tax from customers at his store. However, during various periods beginning in 2010, lasting through periods in 2011, he failed to send in to the state all of the sales taxes that were collected.

“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements,” said Marshall Stranburg, Interim Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. “For those that don't, it is our job to enforce the law and ensure honest businesses are not placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and steal taxpayer dollars.”

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue Investigations office in Coral Springs at 954-346-2904.

4/22/2013Yes2013
  
Alex E. Evans, 51, and his wife Carolyn S. Evans, 45, the owners of Awesome Enterprise, Inc., a business that specializes in the sale of custom trucks, located in West Palm Beach, have been arrested on charges that they stole more than $88,000 in sales tax they collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

The couple, from Lake Worth, was arrested by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department on March 20, 2013, on felony and misdemeanor charges relating to theft of state funds and failure to file six consecutive sales tax returns. If convicted, each faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Their business is located at 100 Truck & Trailer Way in West Palm Beach.

According to Revenue Department investigators, the couple collected tax from customers at their business. However, during various periods beginning in 2009 and lasting through periods in 2011, they failed to send in to the state all of the sales taxes that they had collected or file their sales tax returns as required by law. Under state law, sales tax is the property of the state at the moment of collection.

“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements,” said Marshall Stranburg, Interim Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. “For those that don't, it is our job to enforce the law and ensure honest businesses are not placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and steal taxpayer dollars.”

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue Investigations office in West Palm Beach at 561-640-2874.

4/22/2013Yes2013
  
William E. Burden, the owner of Palm Trading Group, LLC, a used car dealership located in Longwood, Florida, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $49,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Mr. Burden, 44, who also lives in Longwood, was arrested by the Seminole County Sheriff's Office on April 8 on felony charges relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as, possible repayment of stolen sales tax, along with payment of penalty and investigative costs. Palm Trading Group is located at 377 East State Road 434 in Longwood.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Essa collected tax from customers at his dealership. However, during various periods beginning in 2009, lasting through periods in 2010, he failed to send in to the state all of the sales taxes that were collected or file his tax returns as required by law.

“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements,” said Marshall Stranburg, Interim Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. “For those that don't, it is our job to enforce the law and ensure honest businesses are not placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and steal taxpayer dollars.”

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue Investigations office in Maitland at 407-328-6240.

4/9/2013Yes2013
  
Gregory R. Cohen, the owner of Lofty Pursuits and Infinite Illusions, LLC, a hobby store located in Tallahassee, Florida, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $39,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Mr. Cohen, 45, who also lives in Tallahassee, was arrested by the Tallahassee Police Department March 28, 2013 on felony and misdemeanor charges relating to theft of state funds, failure to file six consecutive returns and refusal to file returns and pay taxes due. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as, possible repayment of stolen sales tax, along with payment of penalty and investigative costs. Lofty Pursuits and Infinite Illusions is located at 1415 Timberlane Road in Tallahassee.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Cohen collected tax from customers at his store. However, during various periods beginning in 2010 and lasting through periods in 2012, he failed to send in to the state all of the sales taxes that were collected and failed to file tax returns as required by law.

“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements,” said Marshall Stranburg, Interim Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. “For those that don't, it is our job to enforce the law and ensure honest businesses are not placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and steal taxpayer dollars.”

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue Investigations office in Tallahassee at 850-487-0461.



3/29/2013Yes2013
  
Marlo T. Angelette, the owner of Angelette's Cajun Kitchen, located in Tallahassee, Florida, has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $16,000 in sales tax she collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Ms. Angelette, 37, who also lives in Tallahassee, was arrested by the Leon County Sheriff's Office, March 28, 2013 on felony and misdemeanor charges relating to theft of state funds, failure to file six consecutive returns and refusal to file returns and pay taxes due. If convicted, she faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as, possible repayment of stolen sales tax, along with payment of penalty and investigative costs. Angelette's Cajun Kitchen is located at 3551 Blairstone Rd. in Tallahassee.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Ms. Angelette collected tax from customers at her restaurant. However, during various periods beginning in 2011 and lasting through periods in 2012, she failed to send in to the state all of the sales taxes that were collected and failed to file tax returns as required by law.

“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements,” said Marshall Stranburg, Interim Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. “For those that don't, it is our job to enforce the law and ensure honest businesses are not placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and steal taxpayer dollars.”

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue Investigations office in Tallahassee at 850-487-0461.



3/29/2013Yes2013
  
Maria P. Romero, the former owner of Calico Jack's, a restaurant located in Gainesville, Florida, has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $58,000 in sales tax she collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Ms. Romero, 41, who lives in Newberry, was arrested by the Alachua County Sheriff's Department on March 18, 2013 on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, she faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible payment of penalty and investigative costs. Calico Jack's was located at 3501 South West 2nd Avenue in Gainesville.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Ms. Romero collected tax from customers at her restaurant. However, during various periods beginning in 2009 and lasting through periods in 2012, she failed to send in to the state all of the sales taxes that were collected.

“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements,” said Marshall Stranburg, Interim Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. “For those that don't, it is our job to enforce the law and ensure honest businesses are not placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and steal taxpayer dollars.”

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue Investigations office in Alachua at 386-418-4415.

3/27/2013Yes2013
  
Christopher S. Shelton, 48, and Delores M. Shelton, 33, the former owners of Star Auto Sales of FWB, Inc., a used car dealership that had been located in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, have been arrested on charges that they stole more than $14,000 in sales tax they collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

The couple now lives in Newnan, GA, where they were arrested by Georgia authorities and subsequently transported to the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office where Christopher Shelton was arrested February 22, 2013, and Delores Shelton was arrested March 8, 2013. Both were charged with felony theft of state funds. If convicted, each faces up to 5 years in prison and $5,000 in fines, as well as, repayment of stolen taxes, interest, and investigative costs. Star Auto Sales was located at 785 North Beal Parkway in Fort Walton Beach.



According to Revenue Department investigators, the couple collected tax from customers at their dealership. However, during various periods beginning in 2009, lasting through periods in 2010, they failed to send in to the state all of the sales taxes that they collected as required by state law.

“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements,” said Marshall Stranburg, Interim Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. “For those that don't, it is our job to enforce the law and ensure honest businesses are not placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and steal taxpayer dollars.”

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue Investigations office in Pensacola at 850-595-5188.

3/20/2013Yes2013
  
David W. White, Jr., the owner of David's Auto Center, that did business as Consumer Car Care, an auto repair shop located in Spring Hill, Florida, has been arrested, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Mr. White, 42, who lives in Spring Hill, was arrested by the Hernando County Sheriff's Office on

March 13, 2013, on felony and misdemeanor charges relating to failure to file six consecutive sales tax returns and refusal to file sales tax returns and pay taxes due. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as possible payment of penalty and investigative costs. Consumer Car Care is located at 4240 Commercial Way in Spring Hill.



According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. White collected tax from customers at his repair shop. However, during various periods beginning in 2010, lasting through periods in 2012, he failed to send in to the state all of the sales taxes that were collected and file sales tax returns as required by law.

“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements,” said Marshall Stranburg, Interim Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. “For those that don't, it is our job to enforce the law and ensure honest businesses are not placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and steal taxpayer dollars.”

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue Investigations office in Port Richey at 727-841-4272.

3/18/2013Yes2013
  
William F. Brown, former owner of Shuckers Oyster Bar, located in Ocala, Florida, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $16,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Mr. Brown, 47, who also lives in Ocala, was arrested by the Marion County Sheriff's Office on February 25, 2013 on felony and misdemeanor charges related to theft of state funds and refusing to file returns and pay taxes due. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen sales tax, payment of penalty and payment of investigative costs. Shuckers Oyster Bar had been located at 408 South West 16th Street in Ocala.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Brown collected tax from customers at his restaurant. However, during various periods beginning in 2011, lasting through periods in 2012, he failed to send in to the state all of the sales taxes that were collected and failed to file tax returns as required by law.

“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements,” said Marshall Stranburg, Interim Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. “For those that don't, it is our job to enforce the law and ensure honest businesses are not placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and steal taxpayer dollars.”

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue Investigations office in Alachua at 386-418-4415.

3/6/2013Yes2013
  
Shepley Henri Goldberg, the owner of “A 2 Zach's Auto Sales, Inc.,” a used car dealership located in Pompano Beach, Florida, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $8,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Mr. Goldberg, 50, who lives in Plantation, was arrested by the Plantation Police Department on February 1, 2013, on felony and misdemeanor charges relating to theft of state funds, failure to file six consecutive returns and refusal to file returns and pay taxes due. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as possible payment of penalty and investigative costs. A 2 Zach's Auto Sales, Inc. is located at 1401 S Dixie Highway in Pompano Beach.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Goldberg collected tax from customers at his dealership. However, during various periods beginning in 2007, lasting through periods in 2011, he failed to send in to the state all of the sales taxes that were collected or file his tax returns as required by law.

“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements,” said Marshall Stranburg, Interim Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. “For those that don't, it is our job to enforce the law and ensure honest businesses are not placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and steal taxpayer dollars.”

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue Investigations office in Coral Springs at 954-346-3067.

2/14/2013Yes2013
  
David C. Wendland, the owner of Monroe Restaurants, Inc. doing business as Julie's Place, in Tallahassee, Florida, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $12,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Mr. Wendland, 50, who also lives in Tallahassee, was arrested by the Leon County Sheriff's Office February 8, 2013 on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as possible payment of penalty and investigative costs. Julie's Restaurant is located at 2901 North Monroe Street in Tallahassee.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Wendland collected tax from customers at his restaurant. However, during various periods beginning in 2010, lasting through periods in 2012, he failed to send in to the state all of the sales taxes that were collected.

“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements,” said Marshall Stranburg, Interim Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. “For those that don't, it is our job to enforce the law and ensure honest businesses are not placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and steal taxpayer dollars.”

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue Investigations office in Tallahassee at 850-487-0461.

2/11/2013Yes2013
  
TALLAHASSEE — The Department of Revenue applauds the Governor's Florida Families First budget, which increases funding for child support recovery actions. Governor Scott's budget includes $6.1 million in support of the Department of Revenue's child support program's automated workflows. The chief benefit of the automated workflows is an increase in automated actions that replace routine manual tasks. As these tasks are carried out automatically, the Department is able to process child support actions more rapidly and child support specialists will have more time to work directly with customers to focus on complex individual activities.

"These budget funds will help Florida's children and families get the financial support they need and deserve. We are thankful that the Governor included these dollars in the Florida Families First budget in order to support children and families with child support cases in Florida," said Marshall Stranburg, Interim Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue.

The Florida Department of Revenue administers the child support enforcement program in Florida with one million cases including nearly one million children. In fiscal year 2011-12, $1.61 billion was collected and distributed to Florida's children and families.

1/31/2013Yes2013
  
Seechand Sahdeo, owner of S & S Auto Repair Sales and Towing, Inc., a business that specializes in automobile sales and repairs located in Tampa, Florida, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $22,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Mr. Sahdeo, 41, who lives in Land O Lakes, turned himself in to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department on January 31, 2013 on felony charges relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible payment of penalty and investigative costs. S & S Auto Repair Sales and Towing, Inc. is located at 3701 15th St Tampa.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Sahdeo collected tax from customers at his business. However, during various periods beginning in 2009, lasting through periods in 2011, he failed to send in to the state all of the sales taxes that were collected. He also issued checks to the Department of Revenue that were returned for insufficient funds.

“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements,” said Marshall Stranburg, Interim Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. “For those that don't, it is our job to enforce the law and ensure honest businesses are not placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and steal taxpayer dollars.”

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue Investigations office in Tampa at (813)744-6506.

1/31/2013Yes2013
  
Lisa M. Wyartt-Hart, the owner of the Paperback Rack, a used bookstore located in Tallahassee, Florida, has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $5,000 in sales tax she collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Ms. Wyartt-Hart, 45, who also lives in Tallahassee, was arrested by the Leon County Sheriff's Office January 8, 2013 on felony and misdemeanor charges relating to theft of state funds, failure to file six consecutive return and refusal to file and pay taxes due. If convicted, she faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as possible payment of penalty and investigative costs. Paperback Rack is located at 1005 N. Monroe Street in Tallahassee.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Ms. Wyartt-Hart collected tax from customers at her bookstore. However, during various periods beginning in 2010, lasting through periods in 2012, she failed to send in to the state all of the sales taxes that were collected or file tax returns as required by law.

“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements,” said Marshall Stranburg, Interim Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. “For those that don't, it is our job to enforce the law and ensure honest businesses are not placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and steal taxpayer dollars.”

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue Investigations office in Tallahassee at (850)922-2671.

1/9/2013Yes2013
  
Mohamed Gaber Essa, the former owner of Fair Deal Auto Sales of Tampa, Inc., a used car dealership that was located in Tampa, Florida, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $91,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Mr. Essa, 43, who lives in Odessa, was arrested by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office on January 7, 2013 on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible payment of penalty and investigative costs. Fair Deal Auto Sales of Tampa, Inc. was located at 11901 N. Nebraska Avenue in Tampa.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Essa collected tax from customers at his dealership. However, during various periods beginning in 2009, lasting through periods in 2010, he failed to send in to the state all of the sales taxes that were collected or file his tax returns as required by law.

“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements,” said Marshall Stranburg, Interim Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. “For those that don't, it is our job to enforce the law and ensure honest businesses are not placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and steal taxpayer dollars.”

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue Investigations office in Tampa at 813-744-6506.

1/8/2013Yes2013