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John G. Murr, 54, owner of Murr's Auto Body, Inc., has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $453,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Mr. Murr, who lives in Neptune Beach, was arrested by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office on December 3, 2014 on a felony charge 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. Murr's Auto Body, now closed, was located at 61 West Second Street in Atlantic Beach.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Murr collected sales tax from the customers at his auto body shop. However, during various periods from October 2006 through August 2010, he failed to 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.

"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 Jacksonville at 904-359-2587.

Note: Due to the confidential nature of taxpayer records, generally the information found in this release is the only information available from the Department of Revenue concerning this matter. Other information may be available through the arresting agency and the local Clerk of Court.
12/31/2014Yes2014
  
Orlando R Villalona, 44, the former owner of Vehicles 4 Sale, Inc., a used car dealership located in Hollywood, Florida, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $163,000 in sales tax he collected from his customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Mr. Villalona, who lives in Miramar, was arrested by the Pembroke Pines Police Department on December 29, 2014 on a felony charge 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 payment of penalty and investigative costs. Vehicles 4 Sale is located at 900 North State Road 7 in Hollywood.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Villalona collected tax from customers at his dealership. However, during various periods beginning in 2007, lasting through periods in 2010, he failed to send to the state all of the sales taxes that were collected and filed false tax returns which understated the actual sales and sales tax collections.

"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.

Note: Due to the confidential nature of taxpayer records, generally the information found in this release is the only information available from the Department of Revenue concerning this matter. Other information may be available through the arresting agency and the local Clerk of Court.
12/31/2014Yes2014
  
Michael Ray Diaz, 53, owner of Automotive Collision by Mike LLC, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $11,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Mr. Diaz, who lives in Seffner, was arrested by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department on December 18, 2014 on felony and misdemeanor charges relating to the 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 for each charge, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Automotive Collision by Mike is located at 960 Dr. MLK Boulevard in Seffner.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Diaz collected sales tax from customers at his body shop. However, during various periods starting in April 2011 through October 2013, he failed to account for 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.

"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.

Note: Due to the confidential nature of taxpayer records, generally the information found in this release is the only information available from the Department of Revenue concerning this matter. Other information may be available through the arresting agency and the local Clerk of Court.
12/21/2014Yes2014
  
Joseph V. Ford, 51, former operator of Westside Lanes, Inc., has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $53,000 in sales tax he collected from customers but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Mr. Ford, who also lives in Jacksonville, was arrested by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office on December 12, 2014 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. Westside Lanes, now closed, was located at 6526 Ramona Lane in Jacksonville.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Ford collected sales tax from customers. However, during various periods from July 2011 through September 2012, he failed to send to the state all of the sales taxes that he had collected from 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 Jacksonville at 904-359-6671.

Note: Due to the confidential nature of taxpayer records, generally the information found in this release is the only information available from the Department of Revenue concerning this matter. Other information may be available through the arresting agency and the local Clerk of Court.
12/18/2014Yes2014
  
Jay C. Stewart, 52, doing business as A Plus Carts and Parts, has been arrested on charges that he failed to file six consecutive tax returns, failing to account for and remit the sales tax he collected from his customers, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Mr. Stewart, who lives in Fort Myers, was arrested by the Lee County Sheriff's Department on December 11, 2014 on a felony charge relating to his failure to file sales 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. A Plus Carts and Parts is located at 16820 San Carlos Boulevard in Fort Myers.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Stewart collected sales tax from customers of his business. However, during the period beginning in August of 2013 through September 2014, he failed to send to the state sales tax returns and any 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 Fort Myers at 239-338-2437.

Note: Due to the confidential nature of taxpayer records, generally the information found in this release is the only information available from the Department of Revenue concerning this matter. Other information may be available through the arresting agency and the local Clerk of Court.
12/11/2014Yes2014
  
Kiswan (Christopher) A. Wong, 47, owner of Teriyaki Café, Inc., doing business as Teriyaki Café Sushi & Grill, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $9,200 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Mr. Wong, who lives in Pensacola, surrendered to the Escambia County Sheriff's Department on December 4, 2014 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. Teriyaki Café, now closed, was located at 8084 North Davis Highway in Pensacola.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Wong collected sales tax from the customers at his restaurant. However, during the period from February through December 2012, he failed to send to the state all of the sales taxes 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.

Note: Due to the confidential nature of taxpayer records, generally the information found in this release is the only information available from the Department of Revenue concerning this matter. Other information may be available through the arresting agency and the local Clerk of Court.
12/4/2014Yes2014
  
Jacqueline S. Regan, 49, owner of Cape Buzz, Inc. and Pioneer Printing & Signs of Cape Coral, Inc., has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $61,000 in sales tax she collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Ms. Regan, who lives in Cape Coral, was arrested by the Lee County Sheriff's Department on November 25, 2014 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 tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Cape Buzz and Pioneer Printing & Signs are located at 424 SE 47th Terrace in Cape Coral.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Ms. Regan collected sales tax from customers at both of her shops. However, during various periods from February 2010 through May 2014, she failed to send to 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.

"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.

Note: Due to the confidential nature of taxpayer records, generally the information found in this release is the only information available from the Department of Revenue concerning this matter. Other information may be available through the arresting agency and the local Clerk of Court.
12/1/2014Yes2014
  
Charles A Turpin II, 43, operator of TNS Auto Sales, Inc., has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $22,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Mr. Turpin, who lives in Orange Park, was arrested by the Alachua County Sheriff's Department on November 14, 2014 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 tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. TNS Auto Sales, now closed, was located at 9171 103rd Street in Jacksonville.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Turpin collected sales tax from customers of his business. However, during the period beginning in November 2009 through March 2012, he failed to account for 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.

"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 Jacksonville at 904-359-6671.

Note: Due to the confidential nature of taxpayer records, generally the information found in this release is the only information available from the Department of Revenue concerning this matter. Other information may be available through the arresting agency and the local Clerk of Court.
11/19/2014Yes2014
  
Patricia Rose Roberts, 44, owner of Catfish Hut, Inc., has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $8,200 in sales tax she collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Ms. Roberts, who lives in Cantonment, was arrested by the Escambia County Sheriff's Department on Saturday, November 15, 2014, on felony charges relating to the theft of state funds and the failure to file six consecutive sales tax returns. If convicted, she faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines for each charge, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Catfish Hut operated two restaurants in Pensacola; the first was located at 4539 Saufley Field Road and the second was located at 4295 Navy Boulevard. Both locations are closed.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Ms. Roberts collected sales tax from customers at her restaurants. However, during various periods from May 2011 through November 2013, she failed to account for and send to 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.

"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.

Note: Due to the confidential nature of taxpayer records, generally the information found in this release is the only information available from the Department of Revenue concerning this matter. Other information may be available through the arresting agency and the local Clerk of Court.
11/17/2014Yes2014
  
Mary Isabel Phouthone, 52, former owner of MPhouthone, LLC, doing business as Lenny's Sub Shop, has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $12,800 in sales tax she collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Ms. Phouthone, who lives in Santa Rosa Beach, was arrested by the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Department on November 11, 2014 on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, she 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. Lenny's Sub Shop, now under new ownership, was located at 2493A South Ferdon Boulevard in Crestview.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Ms. Phouthone collected sales tax from the customers at her restaurant. However, during various periods from September 2011 through March 2012, she failed to send to 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.

"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.

Note: Due to the confidential nature of taxpayer records, generally the information found in this release is the only information available from the Department of Revenue concerning this matter. Other information may be available through the arresting agency and the local Clerk of Court.
11/12/2014Yes2014
  
Linda Marie Khoury, 36, owner of Computer Task Force, Inc., has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $4,400 in sales tax she collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Ms. Khoury, who lives in Palm Coast, was arrested by the Flagler County Sheriff's Department on September 17, 2014 on felony charges relating to tax evasion and theft of state funds. If convicted, she faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines for each offense, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Computer Task Force, now closed, was located at 4601 East Moody Boulevard in Bunnell, Florida.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Ms. Khoury collected sales tax from the customers of her business. However, during various periods from May 2011 through November 2012, she failed to truthfully account for and send to 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.

"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 Daytona Beach at 386-274-6622.

Note: Due to the confidential nature of taxpayer records, generally the information found in this release is the only information available from the Department of Revenue concerning this matter. Other information may be available through the arresting agency and the local Clerk of Court.
10/31/2014Yes2014
  
Jalal A. Ahmed, 53, owner of Naples Petroleum 102, Inc. has been arrested on charges that he failed to file six consecutive tax returns and remit the sales taxes he collected from his customers, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Mr. Ahmed, who lives in Temple Terrace, was arrested by the Seminole County Sheriff's Office on September 25, 2014 on a felony charges relating to his 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. Naples Petroleum 102, Inc., is located at 17100 Tamiami Trail East in Naples.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Ahmed collected sales tax from customers of his business. However, during the periods October 2011 through March 2012 and June 2012 through May 2014, he failed to send to the state sales tax returns and 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 Naples at 239-348-7582.

Note: Due to the confidential nature of taxpayer records, generally the information found in this release is the only information available from the Department of Revenue concerning this matter. Other information may be available through the arresting agency and the local Clerk of Court.
10/22/2014Yes2014
  
Margarita Fowler McCarthy, 64, operator of Sam's Boondocks & Stix, LLC, has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $2,900 in sales tax she collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Ms. McCarthy, who lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, was arrested by the St. Johns County Sheriff's Department on October 3, 2014 on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, she 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, Ms. McCarthy collected sales tax from the customers at her business. However, during the period from March 2010 through April 2012, she failed to send to the state all of the sales taxes that she collected from her customers. Under state law, sales tax is the property of the state at the moment of collection. Sam's Boondocks & Stix is located at 7705 Colee Cove Road in St. Augustine.

"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 Jacksonville at 904-359-6671.

Note: Due to the confidential nature of taxpayer records, generally the information found in this release is the only information available from the Department of Revenue concerning this matter. Other information may be available through the arresting agency and the local Clerk of Court.

10/6/2014Yes2014
  
Christina M. Fitzpatrick, 49, the former owner of The Grape at St. Johns Town Center, has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $65,000 in sales tax she collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Ms. Fitzpatrick, who also lives in Jacksonville, was arrested by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office on October 1, 2014, 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 tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Ms. Fitzpatrick's restaurant, now closed, was located at 10281 Midtown Parkway in Jacksonville.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Ms. Fitzpatrick collected tax from the customers at her restaurant. However, during various periods beginning in 2007 and lasting through periods in 2011, she failed to send to the state all of the sales taxes that she had collected or file 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, 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 Jacksonville at 904-359-6671.

Note: Due to the confidential nature of taxpayer records, generally the information found in this release is the only information available from the Department of Revenue concerning this matter. Other information may be available through the arresting agency and the local Clerk of Court.

10/2/2014Yes2014
  
Albert J. Scott, 47, owner of Beaumont Communications, Inc., has been arrested on charges that he failed to file six consecutive sales tax returns, failing to account for and remit the sales tax he collected from his customers, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Mr. Scott, who lives in Naples, was arrested by the Collier County Sheriff's Department on September 23, 2014, on felony charges relating to his failure to file six consecutive sales and use tax returns. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines for each of the three counts, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Beaumont Communications is located at 28220 Old 41 Road in Bonita Springs.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Scott collected sales tax from customers of his business. However, during the period beginning in September of 2012 through February 2014, he failed to send to the state sales tax returns and the sales taxes 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 Naples at 239-348-7582.

Note: Due to the confidential nature of taxpayer records, generally the information found in this release is the only information available from the Department of Revenue concerning this matter. Other information may be available through the arresting agency and the local Clerk of Court.

9/30/2014Yes2014
  
Lenard H. Caggiano, 59, former owner of L&L Collision, Inc., that did business as Premiere Body Shop and PBS Collision Center in Pompano Beach, was arrested on charges that he stole more than $114,000 in state funds he collected in sales tax from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Mr. Caggiano, who lives in Hahira, Georgia, was arrested by the Lowndes County Georgia Sheriff's Department on August 22, 2014 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, and investigative costs. The body shop, now closed, was located at 5001 North Federal Highway in Pompano Beach.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Caggiano collected tax from customers at his business. However, during various periods beginning in 2009 and lasting through periods in 2010, he failed to send to the state all of the sales taxes he had collected or remit 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, 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.

Note: Due to the confidential nature of taxpayer records, generally the information found in this release is the only information available from the Department of Revenue concerning this matter. Other information may be available through the arresting agency and the local Clerk of Court.

9/25/2014Yes2014
  
Rodney W. Watts, 57, owner of Southeast Digital Networks, Inc., has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $7,300 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Mr. Watts, who lives in Tallahassee, was arrested by the Leon County Sheriff's Department on September 23, 2014 on felony charges relating to the theft of state funds and the failure to file 6 consecutive sales tax returns. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines for each charge, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Southeast Digital Networks is located at 1560 Capital Circle NW in Tallahassee.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Watts collected sales tax from customers of his business. However, during various periods from March 2009 through July 2014, he failed to account for and to 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.

"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.

Note: Due to the confidential nature of taxpayer records, generally the information found in this release is the only information available from the Department of Revenue concerning this matter. Other information may be available through the arresting agency and the local Clerk of Court.

9/23/2014Yes2014
  
Velisha Anne Sleap, 55, owner of Sam's Boondocks & Stix, LLC, has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $7,400 in sales tax she collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Ms. Sleap, who also goes by the name "Sam Sleap," was arrested by the St. Johns County Sheriff's Department on September 16, 2014 on felony charges relating to the theft of state funds and the failure to file 6 consecutive sales tax returns. If convicted, she faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines for each count, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Ms. Sleap collected sales tax from customers at her business. However, from March of 2010 through January 2014, she failed to account for and to send to 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. Sam's Boondocks & Stix is located at 7705 Colee Cove Road in St. Augustine.

"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 Jacksonville at 904-359-6671.

Note: Due to the confidential nature of taxpayer records, generally the information found in this release is the only information available from the Department of Revenue concerning this matter. Other information may be available through the arresting agency and the local Clerk of Court.

9/19/2014Yes2014
  
Barrachel Tyrone Tillman, 42, owner of Tillman's Famous Bar B Q, Inc., has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $54,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Mr. Tillman, who lives in Fort Pierce, was arrested by the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Department on September 17 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 tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Tillman's Famous Bar B Q is located at 2231 South US Highway 1 in Fort Pierce.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Tillman collected sales tax from customers at his restaurant. However, during the period from May 2012 through December 2013, he failed to 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.

"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 Pierce at 772-429-2196.

Note: Due to the confidential nature of taxpayer records, generally the information found in this release is the only information available from the Department of Revenue concerning this matter. Other information may be available through the arresting agency and the local Clerk of Court.

9/17/2014Yes2014
  
Nina Marie Novak, 54, owner of Juzz 1 More B & G, Inc., doing business as LNT's Kickstand Saloon, has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $9,800 in sales tax she collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Ms. Novak, who lives in Holiday, was arrested by the Pasco County Sheriff's Department on August 28, 2014 on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, she 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, Ms. Novak collected sales tax from customers at her business. However, during various periods from September 2012 through November 2013, she failed to send to the state all of the sales taxes she had collected from her customers. Under state law, sales tax is the property of the state at the moment of collection. LNT's Kickstand Saloon is located at 2419 Grand Boulevard in Holiday.

"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.

Note: Due to the confidential nature of taxpayer records, generally the information found in this release is the only information available from the Department of Revenue concerning this matter. Other information may be available through the arresting agency and the local Clerk of Court.

9/3/2014Yes2014
  
Nicole Marie Personeus-Judkins, 37, owner of Legab Inc., doing business as Bagel Bagel Café, has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $4,000 in sales tax she collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Ms. Personeus-Judkins, who lives in Smyrna, Georgia, surrendered to the Leon County Sheriff's Department on August 19, 2014 on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, she 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. Bagel Bagel Café, now closed, was located at Apalachee Parkway in Tallahassee.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Ms. Personeus-Judkins collected sales tax from the customers at her restaurant. However, during periods from April through September 2013, she failed to send to 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.

"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.

Note: Due to the confidential nature of taxpayer records, generally the information found in this release is the only information available from the Department of Revenue concerning this matter. Other information may be available through the arresting agency and the local Clerk of Court.

8/20/2014Yes2014
  
Leonardo Wiuker, 53, owner of Phoenix Aventura, Inc, doing business as Taco Vida, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $19,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Mr. Wiuker, who lives in Jupiter, was arrested by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department on August 12 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. Taco Vida is located at 851 Village Boulevard in West Palm Beach.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Wiuker collected sales tax from the customers at his restaurant. However, during the period from April through December 2013, he failed to 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.

"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.

Note: Due to the confidential nature of taxpayer records, generally the information found in this release is the only information available from the Department of Revenue concerning this matter. Other information may be available through the arresting agency and the local Clerk of Court.

8/18/2014Yes2014
  
Fadi S. Malki, aka Fadi Malaki, the owner of Fadi Malki, Inc. which includes several convenience stores located in Pinellas County, Florida, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $281,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Mr. Malki, 37, who lives in Palm Harbor, was arrested by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office August 9, 2014 on felony charges of tax evasion, theft of state funds, grand theft, aggravated white collar crime and failure to produce records for inspection. If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible payment of penalty and investigative costs. Fadi Malki's convenience stores are located in Palm Harbor, St. Petersburg and New Port Richey.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Malki collected tax from customers at his stores. However, during various periods beginning in 2010, lasting through periods in 2012, investigators determined that he committed tax evasion, failed to produce records as required by law and failed to send to the state the taxes he had collected from 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 Largo at 727-588-6845.

Note: Due to the confidential nature of taxpayer records, generally the information found in this release is the only information available from the Department of Revenue concerning this matter. Other information may be available through the arresting agency and the local Clerk of Court.

8/11/2014Yes2014
  
Jennifer Lee Rutherford, 34, owner of Rutherford Bros. Grill, Inc., has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $10,000 in sales tax she collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Ms. Rutherford, who lives in Jacksonville, was arrested by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office on August 11, 2014 on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, she 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 restaurant, now closed, was located at 11629 San Jose Boulevard in Jacksonville.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Ms. Rutherford collected sales tax from the customers at her restaurant. However, during the period from August 2011 through November 2012, she failed to send to 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.

"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 Jacksonville at 904-359-6671.

Note: Due to the confidential nature of taxpayer records, generally the information found in this release is the only information available from the Department of Revenue concerning this matter. Other information may be available through the arresting agency and the local Clerk of Court.

8/11/2014Yes2014
  
Jorge Edwin Toro, 36, owner of Smart Choice Motor, LLC, 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. Toro, who lives in Orlando, was arrested by the Orange County Sheriff's Department on July 30, 2014 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 tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Toro collected sales tax from customers at his car lot. However, during various periods from December 2009 through December 2012, he failed to send to the state all of the sales taxes he had collected from his customers. Under state law, sales tax is the property of the state at the moment of collection. Smart Choice Motor is located at 2015 Vincent Road in Orlando.

"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 407-475-1255.

Note: Due to the confidential nature of taxpayer records, generally the information found in this release is the only information available from the Department of Revenue concerning this matter. Other information may be available through the arresting agency and the local Clerk of Court.

8/7/2014Yes2014
  
Dorothy M. Smith, 52, owner of Jus Momma, LLC, doing business as Momma's Place, has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $9,900 in sales tax she collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Ms. Smith, who formerly resided in Pace, Florida was arrested by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Department on July 23, 2014 on felony and misdemeanor charges relating to theft of state funds and refusal to file sales and use tax returns. If convicted, she 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, Ms. Smith collected sales tax from customers of her restaurant. However, during various periods beginning in July 2012 through July 2013, she failed to file sales tax returns and send to 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. Momma's Place, now closed, was located at 6550 Caroline Street in Milton.

"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.

Note: Due to the confidential nature of taxpayer records, generally the information found in this release is the only information available from the Department of Revenue concerning this matter. Other information may be available through the arresting agency and the local Clerk of Court.

7/25/2014Yes2014
  
David G. Galloway, 48, co-owner of DDT Fit, Incorporated doing business as Anytime Fitness, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $26,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Mr. Galloway, who lives in Tampa, was arrested by the Pasco County Sheriff's Department on July 16, 2014 on a 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 tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Galloway collected sales tax from customers at his gym. However, during various periods from October 2010 through October 2013, he failed to send to the state all of the sales taxes he had collected from his customers. Under state law, sales tax is the property of the state at the moment of collection. Anytime Fitness is located at 1408 Dale Mabry Highway in Lutz.

"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 Largo at 727-588-6845.

Note: Due to the confidential nature of taxpayer records, generally the information found in this release is the only information available from the Department of Revenue concerning this matter. Other information may be available through the arresting agency and the local Clerk of Court.

7/24/2014Yes2014
  
Andrew S. and Brenda L. Biddle, 43 and 46 respectively, co-owners of Setser Corp. doing business as Biddle's Piano Bar & Restaurant, have been arrested on charges that they stole more than $65,000 in sales tax they collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

The Biddles, who live in Fort Myers, were arrested by the Lee County Sheriff's Department on July 11, 2014 on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, they each face 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. & Mrs. Biddle collected sales tax from customers of their restaurant. However, during various periods from June 2010 through May 2011, they failed to send to the state all of the sales taxes they had collected from their customers. Under state law, sales tax is the property of the state at the moment of collection. Biddle's Piano Bar & Restaurant, now closed, was located at 12984 South Cleveland Avenue in Fort Myers.

"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.

Note: Due to the confidential nature of taxpayer records, generally the information found in this release is the only information available from the Department of Revenue concerning this matter. Other information may be available through the arresting agency and the local Clerk of Court.

7/17/2014Yes2014
  
Kirsten Senez, 37, owner of Everything Automotive LLC, has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $21,000 in sales tax she collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Ms. Senez, who lives in Orange City, was arrested by the Volusia County Sheriff's Department on July 11, 2014, on felony charges relating to the theft of state funds and the failure to file 6 consecutive sales 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. Everything Automotive is located at 3000 South Woodland Boulevard in Deland.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Ms. Senez collected sales tax from customers at her business. However, from May 2011 through December 2013, she failed to send to 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.

"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 407-475-1255.

Note: Due to the confidential nature of taxpayer records, generally the information found in this release is the only information available from the Department of Revenue concerning this matter. Other information may be available through the arresting agency and the local Clerk of Court.

7/16/2014Yes2014
  
Brian J. Ohrt, the owner of FL Auto Wholesalers, Inc., a used car dealership located in Orlando, Florida, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $12,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Mr. Ohrt, 46, who also lives in Winter Haven, was arrested by the Miami Dade Police Department, June 22nd, 2014 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 sales tax, plus payment of penalty and investigative costs. FL Auto Wholesalers is located at 6503 Pinecastle Blvd in Orlando.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Ohrt collected tax from customers at his dealership; however, during various periods beginning in 2008, lasting through periods in 2012, he failed to send 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 Lakeland at 863-499-2265.

Note: Due to the confidential nature of taxpayer records, generally the information found in this release is the only information available from the Department of Revenue concerning this matter. Other information may be available through the arresting agency and the local Clerk of Court.

7/9/2014Yes2014
  
Filiberto Sanchez, 46, owner of Affordable Motors, Inc., has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $578,000 in sales taxes he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.





Mr. Sanchez, who lives in Miami, was arrested by the Warrants Unit of the Miami-Dade Police Department on June 26, 2014, on a felony charge 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. Sanchez collected sales tax from customers of his business. However, during the period from May 2008 through March 2012, he failed to 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. Affordable Motors, Inc. is located at 850 NW 42nd Avenue in Miami.



"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.

Note: Due to the confidential nature of taxpayer records, generally the information found in this release is the only information available from the Department of Revenue concerning this matter. Other information may be available through the arresting agency and the local Clerk of Court.

7/1/2014Yes2014
  
David Pankretic, 35, owner of City Motors Auto Sales, Inc., has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $28,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Mr. Pankretic, who lives in Longwood, was arrested by the Seminole County Sheriff`s Office on June 24, 2014 on felony charges relating to the theft of state funds and the failure to file 6 consecutive sales 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. City Motor Auto Sales is located at 3230 North US Highway 17/92 in Longwood.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Pankretic collected sales tax from customers at his business. However, during various periods from January 2011 through December 2013, he failed to send to the state all of the sales taxes he 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 Maitland at 407-475-1255.

Note: Due to the confidential nature of taxpayer records, generally the information found in this release is the only information available from the Department of Revenue concerning this matter. Other information may be available through the arresting agency and the local Clerk of Court.

6/26/2014Yes2014
  
David Raymond Nelson, 52, operator of Signexpress USA, Inc., has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $1,500 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Mr. Nelson, who lives in Orlando, was arrested by the Orange County Sheriff's Department on June 12, 2014 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 for each offense, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Signexpress USA is located at 65 Drennen Road in Orlando.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Nelson collected sales tax from customers of his business. However, during various periods starting in September of 2009 through June of 2013, he failed to file sales tax returns and failed to 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.

"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.

6/23/2014Yes2014
  
Ernesto Romero, 39, president of Romero and Sons Auto Sales, Inc., has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $65,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Mr. Romero, who lives in Deltona, was arrested by the Seminole County Sheriff's Department on June 19, 2014 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.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Romero collected sales tax from customers at his car lot. However, during various periods from February 2011 through November 2013, he failed to 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. Romero and Sons Auto Sales is located at 2501 South Sanford Avenue in Sanford.

"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.

6/23/2014Yes2014
  
Roselinda G. Aflalo, 44, owner of C Rosebud's Auto Sales, Inc., has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $166,000 in sales tax she collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Ms. Aflalo, who lives in Davie, was arrested by the Davie Police Department on June 19, 2014 on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, she 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. Rosebud's Auto Sales is located at 901 South State Road 7 in Hollywood.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Ms. Aflalo collected sales tax from customers of her used car lot. However, during various periods starting in January 2008 through December 2012, she failed to send to 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.

"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.

6/23/2014Yes2014
  
Jon D. Sweede, 50, owner of Po' Boys, Inc., has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $46,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Mr. Sweede, who lives in Tallahassee, was arrested by the Leon County Sheriff's Office on June 15, 2014 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.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Sweede collected sales tax from customers at his business. However, during various periods from November 2010 through December 2013, he failed to send to the state all of the sales taxes he had collected from his customers. Under state law, sales tax is the property of the state at the moment of collection. Po' Boys, now closed, operated two locations in Tallahassee, one at 224 East College Avenue and one at 1944 West Pensacola Street.

"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.

6/17/2014Yes2014
  
Richard Joseph Boye, 45, owner of 16th Place Experience, LLC, doing business as Richee B's Sports Restaurant, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $132,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Mr. Boye, who lives in Cape Coral, was arrested by the Lee County Sheriff's Department on June 6, 2014 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. Boye collected sales tax from customers at his restaurant. However, during various periods from July 2012 through March 2014, he failed to 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. Richee B's Sports Restaurant is located at 4703 SW 16th Place in Cape Coral.

"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.

6/6/2014Yes2014
  
Ralph Anderson Rudolph, 57, owner of TB Mowers, Inc., has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $22,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Mr. Rudolph, who lives in Fort Myers, was arrested by the Lee County County Sheriff's Department on May 21, 2014 on felony charges relating to the theft of state funds and the failure to file 6 consecutive sales 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. TB Mowers is located at 3453 Fowler Street in Fort Myers.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Rudolph collected sales tax from customers at his business. However, from February 2012 through February 2014, he failed to account for and to 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.

"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.

6/6/2014Yes2014
  
Hudson Prevalus, 29, owner of Universe Auto Sales, LLC, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $31,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Mr. Prevalus, who lives in Orlando, was arrested by the Orange County Sheriff's Department on May 21, 2014 on felony charges relating to the theft of state funds and the filing of false and fraudulent 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. Universe Auto Sales is located at 5575 South Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Prevalus collected sales tax from customers at his car lot. However, during various periods starting in October 2011 through July 2013, he failed to account for 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.

"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 407-475-1254.

5/27/2014Yes2014
  
Guillermo Diaz, 59, owner of Villa Habana Food Service Corp., doing business as Villa Habana Restaurant, has been arrested on charges that he failed to file six consecutive tax returns, thereby failing to account for and remit the sales tax he collected from customers, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

Mr. Diaz, who lives in Miami, surrendered to authorities on May 22, 2014 on felony and misdemeanor charges relating to his 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. Villa Habana Restaurant is located at 3398 Coral Way in Miami.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Diaz collected sales tax from customers of his restaurant. However, during the period beginning in October of 2011 through November of 2013, he failed to send to the state sales tax returns and 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 Miami at 305-513-3290.

5/22/2014Yes2014
  
TALLAHASSEE, FL — After receiving media inquiries about the number of tax warrants filed in error in Florida, the Department of Revenue has renewed its pledge to provide Floridians with accurate tax processing. In 2013, the Department issued approximately 96,413 warrants, and withdrew over 7,000 (7 percent), which were filed in error. Notably, the Department filed an improper warrant for $421.64 to Governor Rick Scott for taxes that were paid correctly and on time. The error was discovered and was quickly corrected. The Department has since reviewed its warrant processing and will work to lower the number of tax warrants filed in error.

Executive Director Marshall Stranburg said, "Over 7 percent of tax warrants filed in error in 2013 is an unacceptably high percentage. Since receiving media inquiries, the Department of Revenue has worked to tighten protocol to be better stewards of taxpayer dollars. At the Department of Revenue, we strive every day to provide excellent customer service to Floridians, and we must remain focused on providing Floridians with accurate warrant processing."

5/21/2014Yes2014
  
Kenneth D. Johnson, 40, owner of Wicked Repairs, LLC, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $10,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

Mr. Johnson, who lives in Palmetto, was arrested by the Manatee County Sheriff's Department on May 19, 2014 on felony charges relating to the theft of state funds and the failure to file 6 consecutive sales tax returns. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines for each count, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Wicked Repairs is located at 4523 30th Street West in Bradenton.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Johnson collected sales tax from customers at his repair shop. However, during various periods from November 2011 through November 2013, he failed to account for 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.

"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.

5/20/2014Yes2014
  
Justo Rolando Ramirez, 58, owner of J & R Auto Sales, Inc., has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $47,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

Mr. Ramirez, who lives in Miami, surrendered to authorities on May 13, 2014 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.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Ramirez collected sales tax from customers at his car lot. However, during the period from December 2008 through November 2009, he failed to 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. J & R Auto Sales, which is now closed, was located at 582 NW 54th Street in Miami.

"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.

5/20/2014Yes2014
  
Kathryn M. Altman, 49, owner of Ray the Locksmith, Inc., has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $15,000 in sales tax she collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

Ms. Altman, Ocala, was arrested by the Marion County Sheriff's Department on April 26, 2014 on felony charges relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, she 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, Ms. Altman collected sales tax from the customers of her business. However, during the period from March through October 2012, she failed to send to 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. Ray the Locksmith is located at 25 NE 8th Avenue in Ocala.

"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.

4/30/2014Yes2014
  
Donald G. Galloway, 51 and David G. Galloway, 48, co-owners of DDC Fit, Incorporated, doing business as Anytime Fitness, have been arrested on charges that they stole more than $20,000 in sales tax they collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

Donald and David Galloway, who both live in Tampa, were arrested by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Department on March 21, 2014 on felony charges relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, they each face 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, the Galloways collected sales tax from customers of their gym. However, during various periods from August 2011 through September 2013, they failed to send to the state all of the sales taxes that they had collected from their customers. Under state law, sales tax is the property of the state at the moment of collection. Anytime Fitness is located at 4942 Ridgemoor Boulevard in Palm Harbor.



"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 Largo at 727-588-6845.

3/24/2014Yes2014
  
Tania Rodriguez, 43, an owner of Ray's Automotive Sales and Repair, Inc., has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $24,000 in sales tax she collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

Ms. Rodriguez, who lives in Longwood, was arrested by the Seminole County Sheriff's Department on March 18, 2014 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 tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Ms. Rodriguez collected sales tax from customers at her car lot. However, during various periods from April 2010 through November 2013, she failed to send to the state all of the sales taxes she had collected from her customers. Under state law, sales tax is the property of the state at the moment of collection. Ray's Automotive Sales and Repair is located at 1054 Highway 17-92 in Winter Springs.



"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 407-475-1255.

3/19/2014Yes2014
  
Charles B. Mize, the former owner of Tune & Lube Center of Pensacola, Inc., an auto repair shop located in Pensacola, Florida, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $14,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Mr. Mize, 44, who lives in Tallahassee, was arrested by the Escambia County Sheriff's Office on March 17, 2014, 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 interest and investigative costs. Tune & Lube Center of Pensacola, Inc. was located at 600 E. Cervantes Street in Pensacola.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Mize collected tax from customers at his shop. However, during various periods beginning in 2011, lasting through periods in 2012, he failed to send 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 Pensacola at 850-595-5188.

3/18/2014Yes2014
  
William E. Zielke, 68, the former owner of Chateau De Ville, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $19,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Mr. Zielke, 69, who lives in Fairport, New York, surrendered himself to the Broward County Sheriff's Office on March 13, 2014, 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 repayment of tax, penalty and investigative costs. Chateau De Ville, now closed, was located at 4060 North Federal Highway in Lighthouse Point.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Zielke collected tax from customers at his restaurant. However, during various periods beginning in 2009, lasting through periods in 2010, he failed to send to the state all of the sales taxes that he 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 Coral Springs at 954-346-2850.

3/18/2014Yes2014
  
William C. Brunes, the former operator of VIP Auto Showroom, LLC, a used car dealership located in Largo, Florida, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $51,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Mr. Brunes, 48, who also lives in Largo, was arrested by the St. Petersburg Police Department on March 7, 2014 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 sales tax, along with payment of penalty and investigative costs.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Brunes collected tax from customers at his dealership. However, during various periods beginning in 2012, lasting through periods in 2013, he failed to send 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 Largo at 727-588-6845.

3/10/2014Yes2014
  
Nicolaos Anagnostopoulos, 45, owner of Automazing Motor Corp., has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $14,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

Mr. Anagnostopoulos, Pembroke Pines, was arrested by the Broward County Sheriff's Department on March 1, 2014, 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.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Anagnostopoulos collected sales tax from customers at his car lot. However, during various periods beginning in March 2008 through April 2010, he failed to 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. Automazing Motor Corp., now closed, was located at 4650 SW 15th Street in Davie.

"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.

3/10/2014Yes2014
  
Perry Arons, 54, owner of Patio World Home & Hearth, Inc., has been arrested on charges that he failed to file six consecutive tax returns, failing to account for and remit the sales tax he collected from his customers, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

Mr. Arons, who lives in Naples, was arrested by the Collier County Sheriff's Department on February 28, 2014 on felony charges relating to his 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. Patio World Home & Hearth is located at 13230Tamiami Trail North in Naples.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Arons collected sales tax from customers of his business. However, during the period beginning in June of 2012 through May of 2013, he failed to send to the state sales tax returns and 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 Naples at 239-434-4874.

3/5/2014Yes2014
  
Carol Ann Jones, 62, former owner of Rising Sun Enterprises, Inc., doing business as Good Morning Mattress Center, has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $23,000 in sales tax she collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

Ms. Jones, who lives in Davenport, was arrested by the Leon County Sheriff's Department on March 1 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 tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Ms. Jones collected sales tax from customers at her business. However, during various periods from August 2012 through August 2013, she failed to send to 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. Good Morning Mattress Center, now closed, was located at 2819 Mahan Drive 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.

3/3/2014Yes2014
  
Hugh B. Carter, the former owner of Carbon Copies, Inc., a business that had specialized in the retail sales of printed material located in Pensacola, Florida, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $18,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Mr. Carter, 49, Pensacola, was arrested by the Escambia County Sheriff's Office on February 27, 2014 on felony 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 repayment of stolen sales tax, along with payment of interest and investigative costs. Carbon Copies, now closed, was located at 6290 West Nine Mile Road in Pensacola.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Carter collected tax from customers at his business. However, during various periods beginning in 2009, lasting through periods in 2012, he failed to send to the state all of the sales taxes that were collected and failed to file tax returns as require 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.

3/3/2014Yes2014
  
Gregory A Lynch, 29, former owner of LNR Motors LLC, doing business as Tuffy Auto Service Center, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $34,000 in sales tax he collected from customers in 2011, but failed to send to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

Mr. Lynch, who lives in Port Richey, was arrested by the Hernando County Sheriff's Department on February 18, 2014 on a 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 tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Tuffy Auto Service Center was located at 1280 Commercial Way in Spring Hill.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Lynch collected sales tax from customers of his business. However, during various periods in 2011, he failed to 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.

"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.

2/27/2014Yes2014
  
John P. Spiering, 47, owner of NY Café, LLC, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $12,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Mr. Spiering, who lives in Gulfport, was arrested by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Department on February 4, 2014 on felony charges relating to the theft of state funds and 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 for each offense, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. NY Café, LLC is located at 6630 Central Avenue in St. Petersburg.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Spiering collected sales tax from customers at his restaurant. However, from January 2012 through June 2013, he failed to account for 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.

“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 Largo at 727-588-6845.

2/18/2014Yes2014
  
Crystal Diane Radabaugh, 33, owner of Rex's Wheel & Tire Center, LLC, has been arrested on charges that she failed to file 6 consecutive tax returns, failing to account for and remit the sales tax she collected from her customers, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

Ms. Radabaugh, Tallahassee, was arrested by the Leon County Sheriff's Department on January 31, 2014 on felony charges relating to her failure to file sales and use tax returns. If convicted, she 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. Rex's Wheel & Tire Center (now closed) was located at 2202 Lake Bradford Road in Tallahassee.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Ms. Radabaugh collected sales tax from the customers of her business. However, during the various periods beginning in October of 2010 through February of 2013, she failed to send to the state sales tax returns and any of the sales taxes collected from her 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 850-922-2671.

2/3/2014Yes2014
  
Kevin Ray Douglas, 47, owner of Lee Restaurant Enterprises, Inc., formerly doing business as The Keys Bar & Grille, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $9,400 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

Mr. Douglas, who lives in Fort Myers, was arrested by the Lee County Sheriff's Department on January 29, 2014 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.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Douglas collected sales tax from the customers of his business. However, during the period from August through October 2012, he failed to 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. The Keys Bar & Grille is located at 9905 Gulf Coast Main Street in Fort Myers.

“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.

1/30/2014Yes2014
  
Robert Lee Satterfield, Jr., 47, owner of Le Soif, Inc., doing business as Lee's Wine Bar, 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. Satterfield, who lives in Tallahassee, was arrested by the Leon County Sheriff's Department today on felony charges relating to the theft of state funds and the failure to file 6 consecutive sales tax returns. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines on both offenses, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Lee's Wine Bar was located at 1700 North Monroe Street in Tallahassee.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Satterfield collected sales tax from customers at his business. However, from during various periods from May 2009 through April 2012, he failed to account for and to 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.

“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.

1/28/2014Yes2014
  
Bryan Wesley Phillips, 31, owner of South Monroe Tire & Brake, Inc., has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $13,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

Mr. Phillips, who lives in Tallahassee, was arrested by the Leon County Sheriff's Department on January 14, 2014 on 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.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Phillips collected sales tax from customers at his repair shop. However, during various periods in 2011, 2012 and 2013, he failed to 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. South Monroe Tire & Brake is located at 2620 South 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.

1/17/2014Yes2014
  
Alejandro J. Herrera, 42, the owner of Vehicles 4 Sale, Inc., a used car dealership located in Hollywood, Florida, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $54,000 in sales tax he collected from his customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Herrera, who lives in Pembroke Pines, was arrested by the Broward County Sheriff's Office on January 6, 2014 on felony charges relating to theft of state funds and filing a false or fraudulent return. If convicted, Herrera faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible payment of penalty and investigative costs. Vehicles 4 Sale is located at 900 North State Road 7 in Hollywood.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Herrera collected tax from customers at his dealership. 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 false tax returns which understated actual sales and sales tax collections.

“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.

1/15/2014Yes2014
  
Julissa Nunez, 36, the owner of El Bohio De Mama, Inc., a restaurant located in Margate, Florida, has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $14,000 in sales tax she collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Ms. Nunez, who lives in Coral Springs, was arrested by the Broward County Sheriff's Office on January 6, 2014 on felony and misdemeanor charges relating to theft of state funds and refusing 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. El Bohio De Mama is located at 2181 N State Road 7 in Margate.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Ms. Nunez collected tax from customers at her restaurant. However, during various periods beginning in 2011 and lasting through 2013, she 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 Coral Springs at 954-346-2850.

1/13/2014Yes2014
  
Arman I. Canatay, the former owner of U.S. Stone & Tile Orlando, Inc., a business that had specialized in the retail sale of stone and tile located in Winter Park, Florida, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $58,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Mr. Canatay, 44, who lives in Orlando, was arrested by the Orange County Sheriff's Office on December 18, 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 sales tax, along with payment of penalty and investigative costs. U.S. Stone & Tile Orlando was located at 1964 West Fairbanks Avenue in Winter Park.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Canatay collected tax from customers at his store. However, during various periods beginning in 2008, lasting through periods in 2011, 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 Maitland at 407-475-1252

1/8/2014Yes2014
  
Darren E. Mahaney, 48, owner of Universal Fasteners Company, LLC, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $5,300 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

Mr. Mahaney, who lives in Spring Hill, was arrested by the Hernando County Sheriff's Department on December 18, 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 for each offense, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Universal Fasteners Company is located at 16703 US Highway 19 in Hudson.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Mahaney collected sales tax from customers of his business. However, during various periods beginning in August 2010 through December 2012, he failed to account for 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 Port Richey at 727-938-2551

1/2/2014Yes2014