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January 13, 2014

Broward County Restaurant Owner Arrested

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.

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.