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​Matthew L Griswold, 47, owner of MLG Brickell, doing business as The Brick; 15 W LLC, doing business as ikandy; and MLG Village, doing business as Hagen-Dazs, has been arrested on charges for the theft of 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. 


Griswold, who lives in Rochester Michigan, was arrested by the Rochester Police Department on November 8, 2016 on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds.  He is currently in custody, pending extradition to Broward County. 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. The Brick and ikandy, both nightclubs, were located on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. The Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream Shop was located in the Gulfstream Village Shops in Hallandale.


According to Department of Revenue investigators, Griswold collected sales tax from the customers of his various businesses.   However, during various periods from January through July 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. 


“We work with businesses every day and are proud to assist them in complying with State tax laws so their businesses can be successful in Florida,” said Leon M. Biegalski, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue.  “It is our responsibility to ensure fair and equitable administration of Florida’s tax laws to protect honest businesses from being placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and keep 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.

11/9/2016Yes2016
  

Alphie S Williams, 42, co-owner of Ian's Auto Sales, Inc., has been arrested on charges for the theft of more than $45,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.


Williams, who lives in Tamarac, was arrested by the Broward County Sheriff's Department on November 5, 2016 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. Ian's Auto Sales, now closed, was located at 4701 Orange Drive in Davie.


According to Department of Revenue investigators, Williams collected sales tax from customers at his car lot.  However, during various periods from August 2011 through January 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.


"We work with businesses every day and are proud to assist them in complying with State tax laws so their businesses can be successful in Florida," said Leon M. Biegalski, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue.  "It is our responsibility to ensure fair and equitable administration of Florida's tax laws to protect honest businesses from being placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and keep 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.

11/8/2016Yes2016
  

Kenneth James Tschieder, 50, operator of Culinary Expressions LLC, doing business as Mozaik Restaurant, has been arrested on charges for the theft of more than $20,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.


Tschieder, who lives in Saratoga Springs NY, turned himself in to the Leon County Sheriff’s Office on November 2, 2016 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. Mozaik Restaurant, now closed, was located at 1410 D-1 Market Street in Tallahassee.


According to Department of Revenue investigators, Tschieder collected sales tax from the customers of his restaurant. However, during various periods from September 2011 through September 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.


“We work with businesses every day and are proud to assist them in complying with State tax laws so their businesses can be successful in Florida,” said Leon M. Biegalski, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. “It is our responsibility to ensure fair and equitable administration of Florida’s tax laws to protect honest businesses from being placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and keep 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.

11/4/2016Yes2016
  

Roberto A Martinez, 36, operator of RDM Automotive Group, Inc., doing business as RDM Auto Sales and RDM Luxury Imports, has been arrested on charges for the theft of more than $922,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

 

Martinez, who lives in Sunny Isles, was arrested by the Broward County Sheriff’s Department on October 21, 2016 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. RDM Auto Sales and RDM Luxury Imports, now closed, were located at 4010 South State Road 7 in Miramar.

 

According to Department of Revenue investigators, Martinez collected sales tax from customers at his car lot. However, during various periods from August 2011 through May 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.

 

“We work with businesses every day and are proud to assist them in complying with State tax laws so their businesses can be successful in Florida,” said Leon M. Biegalski, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. “It is our responsibility to ensure fair and equitable administration of Florida’s tax laws to protect honest businesses from being placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and keep 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.   
10/21/2016Yes2016
  

Candace Lee Haywood, 61, owner of Norma's Sandwich Shop, has been arrested on charges for theft of more than $29,000 in sales tax she collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

 

Haywood, who lives in Tampa, was arrested by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office October 17, 2016 on felony and misdemeanor charges relating to theft of state funds and failure to file 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. Norma's Sandwich Shop is located at 105 East Baker Street in Plant City.

 

According to Department investigators, Haywood collected sales tax from the customers of her sandwich shop. However, during various periods from October 2013 through February 2016, 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.

 

"We work with businesses every day and are proud to assist them in complying with State tax laws so their businesses can be successful in Florida," said Leon M. Biegalski, Florida Department of Revenue Executive Director. "It is our responsibility to ensure fair and equitable administration of Florida's tax laws to protect honest businesses from being placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and keep 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.

10/18/2016Yes2016
  
​Samir C Khemiri, 50, owner of The Edge Lounge and Tappas LLC has been arrested on charges for theft of more than $7,300 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Depa​rtment of Revenue. 

 

Khemiri, who lives in St Petersburg, was arrested by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Department on October 15, 2016 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 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. Edge Lounge and Tappas, now closed, was located at 911 Central Avenue in St Petersburg.

 

According to Revenue investigators, Khemiri collected sales tax from customers of his restaurant.  However, during various periods starting in October 2014 through August 2015, he failed to truthfully 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. 

 

"We work with businesses every day and are proud to assist them in complying with State tax laws so their businesses can be successful in Florida," according to Leon M. Biegalski, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. "It is our responsibility to ensure fair and equitable administration of Florida's tax laws to protect honest businesses from being placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and keep 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.

10/17/2016Yes2016
  

Thomas G Duke, 43, operator of Automac USA Inc., has been arrested on charges for the theft of more than $359,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue. 

 

Duke, who lives in Orange Park, turned himself in to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office on September 23, 2016 on felony charges relating to theft of state funds and failure to file six consecutive tax returns. 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. Automac USA, now closed, was located at 7505 Blanding Boulevard in Jacksonville.

 

According to Revenue Department investigators, Duke collected sales tax from customers at his car lot.  However, during various periods from November 2013 through November 2015, 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. 

 

"We work with businesses every day and are proud to assist them in complying with State tax laws so their businesses can be successful in Florida," according to Leon M. Biegalski, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. "It is our responsibility to ensure fair and equitable administration of Florida's tax laws to protect honest businesses from being placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and keep 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.

10/14/2016Yes2016
  

​Biel Semexant, Jr., 45, owner of Auction Access USA, doing business as Access 2 Auctions, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $50,000 in sales tax he collected from customers but failed to send to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

 

Mr. Semexant, who lives in Sunrise, was arrested by the Broward County Sheriff's Department on August 19, 2016 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.  Access 2 Auctions, now closed, most recently operated at 4757 SW 51st Street in Davie. Prior to that they operated at 2430 North Dixie Highway in Wilton Manors.

 

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Semexant collected sales tax from customers at his car lot.  However, during various periods from April 2012 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.

 

"We work with businesses every day and are proud to assist them in complying with State tax laws so their businesses can be successful in Florida," according to Leon M. Biegalski, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue.  "It is our responsibility to ensure fair and equitable administration of Florida's tax laws to protect honest businesses from being placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and keep 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.

8/23/2016Yes2016
  

​Robert J. Baldwin, 45, owner of Bob's Collision & Paint Center, has been arrested on charges that he failed to file six consecutive tax returns, failing to account for sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

 

Mr. Baldwin, who lives in Satsuma, was arrested by the Putnam County Sheriff's Department on August 5, 2016 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.  Bob's Collision & Paint Center is located at 286 Highway 17 South in Palatka.

 

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Baldwin collected sales tax from customers of his body shop.  However, from July 2013 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.

 

"We work with businesses every day and are proud to assist them in complying with State tax laws so their businesses can be successful in Florida," according to Leon M. Biegalski, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue.  "It is our responsibility to ensure fair and equitable administration of Florida's tax laws to protect honest businesses from being placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and keep taxpayer dollars."

 

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

 

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.

8/19/2016Yes2016
  

​Elda Mariela Mendoza, Jr, 44, owner of Zone USA, Corp., doing business as Dollar Zone and More, has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $5,200 in sales tax she collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue. 

 

Ms. Mendoza, who lives in Boynton Beach, was arrested by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department on August 9, 2016 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. Dollar Zone and More, now closed, was located at 6798 Forest Hill Boulevard in Greenacres.

 

According to Revenue Department investigators, Ms. Mendoza collected sales tax from the customers of her business.  However, during various periods from September 2013 through June 2014, 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.

 

"We work with businesses every day and are proud to assist them in complying with state tax laws so their businesses can be successful in Florida," according to Leon M. Biegalski, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue.  "It is our responsibility to ensure fair and equitable administration of Florida's tax laws to protect honest businesses from being placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and keep 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.

8/12/2016Yes2016
  

​Carl R. Meyers, Jr, 52, owner of Little Italy's Meatballs, LLC has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $9,700 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

 

Mr. Meyers, who also lives in Lutz, was arrested by the Pasco County Sheriff's Department on August 9, 2016 on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds and misdemeanor charges relating to tax fraud.  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. Little Italy's Meatballs is located at 24436 State Road 54 in Lutz.

 

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Meyers collected sales tax from customers of his business.  However, during various periods from April 2015 through January 2016, 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.

 

"We work with businesses every day and are proud to assist them in complying with state tax laws so their businesses can be successful in Florida," according to Leon M. Biegalski, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue.  "It is our responsibility to ensure fair and equitable administration of Florida's tax laws to protect honest businesses from being placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and keep 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.

8/9/2016Yes2016
  

​Manes Alexis, 52, owner of Alexis Auto Sales, 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, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

 

Mr. Alexis, who lives in Cape Coral, was arrested by the Lee County Sheriff's Department on July 28, 2016 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.  Alexis Auto Sales is located at 2308 Fowler Street in Fort Myers.

 

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Alexis collected sales tax from customers at his business.  However, during various periods from January 2013 through March 2016, he failed to account for and 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.

 

"We work with businesses every day and are proud to assist them in complying with State tax laws so their businesses can be successful in Florida," according to Leon M. Biegalski, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue.  "It is our responsibility to ensure fair and equitable administration of Florida's tax laws to protect honest businesses from being placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and keep 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.

7/29/2016Yes2016
  

​Brian Anthony Cartenuto, 35, owner of Tunnel Investment Group, LLC, doing business as Tucker Duke's Lunchbox, 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. Cartenuto, who lives in Niceville, was arrested by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department on July 22, 2016 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.  Tucker Duke's Lunchbox, now closed, was located at 224 East College Avenue in Tallahassee.

 

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Cartenuto collected sales tax from customers at his restaurant.  However, during the period from October 2014 through February 2015, 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.

 

"We work with businesses every day and are proud to assist them in complying with State tax laws so their businesses can be successful in Florida," according to Leon M. Biegalski, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue.  "It is our responsibility to ensure fair and equitable administration of Florida's tax laws to protect honest businesses from being placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and keep 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.

7/25/2016Yes2016
  

​Heather Mareno, 37, owner of Mays Military Sewing and Alteration HQ, has been arrested on charges that she failed to file 6 consecutive tax returns, failing to account for and remit the sales taxes she collected from her customers, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.


Ms. Mareno, who lives in Navarre, was arrested by the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Department on June 23, 2016 on felony and misdemeanor 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.  Mays Military Sewing and Alteration, now under new ownership, is located at 124 Miracle Strip Parkway in Fort Walton Beach.


According to Revenue Department investigators, Ms. Mareno collected sales tax from the customers of her business.  However, during various periods beginning in June 2014 through February 2015, she failed to send to the state sales tax returns and any 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.


"We work with businesses every day and are proud to assist them in complying with State tax laws so their businesses can be successful in Florida," according to Leon M. Biegalski, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue.  "It is our responsibility to ensure fair and equitable administration of Florida's tax laws to protect honest businesses from being placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and keep 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 the matter. Other information may be available through the arresting agency and the local Clerk of Court.

6/28/2016Yes2016
  

​Elpiniki Fournaris, 70, owner of Niki's Restaurant, has been arrested on charges that she failed to file 6 consecutive tax returns, thereby failing to account for and remit the sales tax she collected from her customers, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.


Ms. Fournaris, who also lives in Gulf Breeze, was arrested by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Department on June 3, 2016 on felony and misdemeanor 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.  Niki's Restaurant is located at 1153 Gulf Breeze Parkway in Gulf Breeze.


According to Revenue Department investigators, Ms. Fournaris collected sales tax from the customers of her business.  However, during various periods beginning in April 2013 through October 2015, she failed to send to the state sales tax returns and any 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.


"We work with businesses every day and are proud to assist them in complying with State tax laws so their businesses can be successful in Florida," according to Leon M. Biegalski, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue.  "It is our responsibility to ensure fair and equitable administration of Florida's tax laws to protect honest businesses from being placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and keep 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.

6/10/2016Yes2016
  

​Johnnie Robert Dyous, 51, owner of JMAX Auto Outlet, Inc., 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. Dyous, who lives in Fruitland Park, was arrested by the Sumter County Sheriff's Department on June 4, 2016 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. JMAX Auto Outlet is located at 210 NW 20th Street in Ocala.


According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Dyous collected sales tax from the customers of his business.  However, during various periods from March 2012 through February 2015, 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.


"We work with businesses every day and are proud to assist them in complying with State tax laws so their businesses can be successful in Florida," according to Leon M. Biegalski, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue.  "It is our responsibility to ensure fair and equitable administration of Florida's tax laws to protect honest businesses from being placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and keep taxpayer dollars."


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


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.

6/7/2016Yes2016
  

Marilyn Serravalle Moody, 64, owner of Import Car Sales, Inc., has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $21,700 in sales tax she collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.


Ms. Moody, who lives in Micanopy, was arrested by the Alachua County Sheriff's Department on June 1, 2016 on felony charges 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.  Import Sales is located at 1701 South Main Street in Gainesville.


According to Revenue Department investigators, Ms. Moody collected sales tax from customers at her repair shop.  However, during various periods from May 2013 through September 2014, 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.


"We work with businesses every day and are proud to assist them in complying with State tax laws so their businesses can be successful in Florida," according to Leon M. Biegalski, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue.  "It is our responsibility to ensure fair and equitable administration of Florida's tax laws to protect honest businesses from being placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and keep taxpayer dollars."


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


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.

6/1/2016Yes2016
  

Thomas W. Futch, Jr., 52, owner of Allstate Auto & Truck Repair Inc., has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $79,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue. 

 

Mr. Futch, who lives in Jacksonville, was arrested by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office on May 14, 2016 on felony and misdemeanor charges relating to theft of state funds and failure to file 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.  Allstate Auto & Truck Repair is located at 1821 East 30th Street in Jacksonville

 

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Futch collected sales tax from customers at his repair shop.  However, during various periods from October 2011 through November 2014, he failed to send to the state all of the sales taxes collected from his customers.  Under state law, sales tax is the property of the state at the moment of collection. 

 

"We work with businesses every day and are proud to assist them in complying with State tax laws so their businesses can be successful in Florida," according to Leon M. Biegalski, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue.  "It is our responsibility to ensure fair and equitable administration of Florida's tax laws to protect honest businesses from being placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and keep taxpayer dollars."

 

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue investigations office in Jacksonville at 904-353-2129.

 

 

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.

5/19/2016Yes2016
  

Hubert Faircloth, Jr., 58, owner of Capital Radiator Inc., has been arrested on charges that he failed to file 6 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. Faircloth, who lives in Crawfordville, was arrested by the Leon County Sheriff's Department on May 12, 2016 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.  Capital Radiator is located at 1711 South Monroe Street in Tallahassee.

 

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Faircloth collected sales tax from customers of his business.  However, during the period beginning in June 2013 through March 2016, he failed to send to the state sales tax returns and any 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.

 

"We work with businesses every day and are proud to assist them in complying with State tax laws so their businesses can be successful in Florida," according to Leon M. Biegalski, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue.  "It is our responsibility to ensure fair and equitable administration of Florida's tax laws to protect honest businesses from being placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and keep 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.

5/13/2016Yes2016
  

Byron C. Crouse, 31, owner of Figure Four Custom Motors, LLC, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $13,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue. 

 

Mr. Crouse, who lives in Bonita Springs, was arrested by the Lee County Sheriff's Department on April 18, 2016 on felony charges related to 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, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs.  Figure Four Custom Motors, now closed, was located at 3407 Terrace Avenue in Naples.

 

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Crouse collected sales tax from customers at his used car business.  However, during various periods from October 2012 through April 2014, he failed to account for and 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. 

 

"We work with businesses every day and are proud to assist them in complying with State tax laws so their businesses can be successful in Florida," according to Leon M. Biegalski, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue.  "It is our responsibility to ensure fair and equitable administration of Florida's tax laws to protect honest businesses from being placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and keep 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.

5/12/2016Yes2016
  

Jerry A. Koutroulis, 77, owner of My Sister Helen & Company, Inc., doing business as Gene's 5th Avenue Florist of Marco has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $39,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue. 

 

Mr. Koutroulis, who lives in Marco Island, was arrested by the Collier County Sheriff's Department on April 22, 2016 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. Gene's 5th Avenue Florist of Marco, now closed, was located at 1089 North Collier Boulevard in Marco Island.

 

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Koutroulis collected sales tax from customers at his flower shop.  However, during various periods from October 2011 through June 2015, 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. 

 

"We work with businesses every day and are proud to assist them in complying with State tax laws so their businesses can be successful in Florida," according to Leon M. Biegalski, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue.  "It is our responsibility to ensure fair and equitable administration of Florida's tax laws to protect honest businesses from being placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and keep 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.

5/12/2016Yes2016
  

Nigel A. Reviere, 52, owner of Charlotte Saab Auto Repair, has been arrested on charges that he failed to file 6 consecutive tax returns, failing to account for and remit the sales taxes he collected from his customers, according to the Florida Department of Revenue. 

 

Mr. Reviere, who lives in Punta Gorda, was arrested by the Charlotte County Sheriff's Department on April 27, 2016 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 for each charge, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs.  Charlotte Saab Auto Repair is located at 4127 James Street in Punta Gorda.

 

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Reviere collected sales tax from customers of his business.  However, during the period beginning in October 2012 through October 2015, he failed to send to the state sales tax returns and any 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.

 

"We work with businesses every day and are proud to assist them in complying with State tax laws so their businesses can be successful in Florida," according to Leon M. Biegalski, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue.  "It is our responsibility to ensure fair and equitable administration of Florida's tax laws to protect honest businesses from being placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and keep 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.

 

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.

5/11/2016Yes2016
  

​Steven M. Liebroder, 54, owner of SDLFL, Inc., doing business as Brodee Cain's Bar & Grill, 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, according to the Florida Department of Revenue. 

 

Mr. Liebroder, who lives in Holiday, was arrested by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Department on April 27, 2016 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. Brodee Cain's Bar & Grill, now closed, was located at 145 107th Avenue in Treasure Island.

 

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Liebroder collected sales tax from the customers of his business.  However, during various periods from July 2014 through January 2015, 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. 

 

"We work with businesses every day and are proud to assist them in complying with State tax laws so their businesses can be successful in Florida," according to Leon M. Biegalski, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue.  "It is our responsibility to ensure fair and equitable administration of Florida's tax laws to protect honest businesses from being placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and keep 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.

5/9/2016Yes2016
  

​Lori Lee Rivera, 43, owner of Bayshore Signage, LLC, doing business as Signorama, has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $7,200 in sales tax she collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue. 

 

Ms. Rivera, who lives in Dunedin, was arrested by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Department on March 14, 2016 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. Signorama, now closed, was located at 30145 US Highway19 North in Clearwater. 

 

According to Revenue Department investigators, Ms. Rivera collected sales tax from the customers of her business.  However, during various periods from June 2011 through May 2013, she failed to send to the state all of the sales taxes she collected from her customers.  Under state law, sales tax is the property of the state at the moment of collection. 

 

"We work with businesses every day and are proud to assist them in complying with State tax laws so their businesses can be successful in Florida," according to Leon M. Biegalski, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue.  "It is our responsibility to ensure fair and equitable administration of Florida's tax laws to protect honest businesses from being placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and keep 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.

4/18/2016Yes2016
  

​Carlos Antonio Sabra McCain, 44, managing member of Half Time Sports Lounge, LLC, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $27,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue. 

 

Mr. McCain, who lives in Tampa, was arrested by the Broward County Sheriff's Office on March 19, 2016 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. Half Time Sports Lounge is located at 19014 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard in Tampa.

 

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. McCain collected sales tax from customers at his sports lounge.  However, during the period from December 2013 through December 2015, 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. 

 

"We work with businesses every day and are proud to assist them in complying with State tax laws so their businesses can be successful in Florida," according to Leon M. Biegalski, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue.  "It is our responsibility to ensure fair and equitable administration of Florida's tax laws to protect honest businesses from being placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and keep 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. 

4/11/2016Yes2016
  

​Lionel Charles Morris, 49, owner of Morris Imports LLC, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $29,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue. 

 

Mr. Morris, who lives in Jacksonville, was arrested by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office on March 10, 2016 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.  Morris Imports is located at 1227 Rogero Road in Jacksonville.

 

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Morris collected sales tax from customers at his car lot.  However, during various periods from July 2012 through December 2014, 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. 

 

"We work with businesses every day and are proud to assist them in complying with State tax laws so their businesses can be successful in Florida," according to Leon M. Biegalski, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue.  "It is our responsibility to ensure fair and equitable administration of Florida's tax laws to protect honest businesses from being placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and keep taxpayer dollars."

 

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue investigations office in Jacksonville at 904-353-2129.

 

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.

 

 

4/6/2016Yes2016
  

​Carl D. Johnson, 57 and Scott Trishman, 54, co-owners of Newberry Eats, Inc., doing business as The Chicken Coupe, have been arrested on charges that they stole more than $8,100 in sales tax they collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue. 

 

Johnson and Trishman, who both live in Newberry, were arrested by the Alachua County Sheriff's Department on March 19, 2016 on felony charges relating to theft of state funds.  If convicted, they face 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 Chicken Coupe, now closed, was located at 16025 West Newberry Road in Newberry. 

 

According to Revenue Department investigators, Johnson and Trishman collected sales tax from the customers of their restaurant.  However, during various periods from October 2013 through May 2014, they failed to send to the state all of the sales tax 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 Alachua at 386-418-4415.

 

 

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.

3/29/2016Yes2016
  

​Jay Michael Richards, 59, operator of All Pro Auto Service and Tire, LLC, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $33,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue. 

 

Mr. Richards, who lives in Indian Rocks Beach, was arrested by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Department on March 16, 2016 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. All Pro Auto Service and Tire is located at 2101 Starkey Road in Largo.

 

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Richards collected sales tax from customers at his automotive repair shop.  However, during various periods from May 2014 through January 2015, 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 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.

3/22/2016Yes2016
  

Jose Ubaldo De La Riva, 57, owner of Heaven Sent Autos, Inc., has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $25,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.


Mr. De La Riva, who lives in Hialeah, surrendered himself in open court on March 8, 2016 on a felony charge relating to the 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. Heaven Sent Autos, now closed, was located at 5612 East 8th Avenue in Hialeah.


According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. De La Riva collected sales tax from customers at his car lot. However, during various periods starting in October 2011 through May 2013, he failed to truthfully account for and 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 Miami at 305-513-3446.


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.

3/9/2016Yes2016
  

Pipat Thipsingh, 70, owner of Jan Pen LLC, doing business as Cancun Mexican Grill, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $5,400 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.


Mr. Thipsingh, who lives in Plantation, was arrested by the Broward County Sheriff’s Department on February 26, 2016 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. Cancun Mexican Grill, now closed, was located at 6300 North Andrews Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.


According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Thipsingh collected sales tax from the customers at his restaurant. However, during various periods from January through April 2011, 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 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.

3/3/2016Yes2016
  

Olga D. Herrera, 44, owner of The Little Store, has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $51,000 in sales tax she collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.


Ms. Herrera, who also lives in Wimauma, was arrested by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department on February 26, 2016 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. The Little Store is located at 18130 South US Highway 301 South in Wimauma.


According to Revenue Department investigators, Ms. Herrera collected sales tax from the customers of her business. However, during various periods from January 2014 through September 2015, 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.


"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.

2/29/2016Yes2016
  

Christopher V. Wilson, 51, owner of Divine Destinations Worldwide, Inc., doing business as COGIC Cellular Connections, has been arrested on charges that he failed to file 6 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. Wilson, who lives in Orange Park, was arrested by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Department on February 16, 2016 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 for each charge, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. COGIC Cellular Connection, now closed, was located at 7945 103rd Street in Jacksonville.


According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Wilson collected sales tax from customers of his business. However, during the period beginning in October 2011 through August 2013, 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 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.

2/19/2016Yes2016
  

Felicia A. Thornton, 44, former owner of Trout River Soul & Seafood Restaurant, has been arrested on charges that she failed to file six consecutive tax returns, failing to account for and remit the sales tax she collected from her customers, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.


Ms. Thornton, who lives in Orange Park, was arrested by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Department on February 3, 2016 on a felony charge 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. Trout River Soul & Seafood, now closed, was located at 2300 Trout River Boulevard in Jacksonville.


According to Revenue Department investigators, Ms. Thornton collected sales tax from customers. However, during the period beginning in November 2011 through April 2012, she failed to send to the state sales tax returns and any 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.

2/12/2016Yes2016
  

Rodney D Baker, 68, owner of Mobile Hydraulic Repair and All Forklift Repair, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $3,100 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.


Mr. Baker, who lives in Seminole, was arrested by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department on January 24, 2016 on a felony charge relating to the theft of state funds. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Mr. Baker has operated his business at several different locations in Seminole and Pinellas Park.


According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Baker collected sales tax from the customers of his business. However, from September 2013 through August 2015, he failed to account for and 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 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.

2/1/2016Yes2016
  

Efren Enrique Siguenza, 41, owner of 4A Body Shop, Inc., has been found guilty of charges that he stole more than $500,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.


Mr. Siguenza, who lives in Hialeah, entered a plea of no contest in open Court on January 20, 2016 on felony charges relating to the theft of state funds. He was sentenced to serve 364 days in jail, 20 years of probation and ordered to repay $577,782.66 of stolen tax, interest and investigative costs. 4A Body Shop is located at 4262 East 10th Lane in Hialeah.


According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Siguenza collected sales tax from customers of his automotive repair business. However, during various periods, starting in September 2010 through June 2014, he failed to account for and 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 Miami at 305-513-3443.

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.

1/25/2016Yes2016
  

Alvaro Ardila, 66, owner of A and R Food Corporation, doing business as El Ranchero Mexicano, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $7,600 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.


Mr. Ardila, who lives in Deland, was arrested by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Department on January 15, 2016 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. El Ranchero Mexicano is located at 1564 North Woodland Boulevard in Deland.


According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Ardila collected sales tax from the customers of his restaurant. However, during various periods from December 2012 through April 2015, 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 Orlando at 407-648-2984.


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.

1/22/2016Yes2016
  

Edith Carpenter Jackson, 65, the former owner of Grands Tire, Inc., has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $55,000 in sales tax she collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.


Mrs. Jackson, who now lives in Port Charlotte, was arrested by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Department on January 11, 2016 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. Grands Tire Service, now closed, was located at 6989 Pitts Road in Jacksonville.


According to Revenue Department investigators, Mrs. Jackson collected sales tax from the customers of her business. However, during various periods from January 2008 through May 2011, she failed to account for and 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.


"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.

1/15/2016Yes2016
  

Junior Acevedo-Bautista, 35, owner of Professional Auto Mart Corp, 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. Acevedo-Bautista, who lives in Tampa, was arrested by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department on January 4, 2016 on felony and misdemeanor charges relating to theft of state funds and refusal to file sales and use tax returns. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Professional Auto Mart Corp, now closed, was located at 6602 North Nebraska Avenue in Tampa.


According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Acevedo-Bautista collected sales tax from customers of his business. However, during various periods beginning in April 2014 through April 2015, he failed to file sales tax returns and 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 Holiday at 737-938-8551.


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.

1/12/2016Yes2016