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January 28, 2014

Tallahassee Wine Bar Owner Arrested

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.

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.