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February 1, 2011

Motorcycle Shop Owner Arrested

The owner of Fast Trixx Powersports, Inc., located in Tallahassee 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.

Daniel Frederick Maddox Jr., 40, of Tallahassee, was arrested by the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, Monday, January 31, 2011 on felony and misdemeanor charges relating to theft of state funds and failure to file six consecutive 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. Daniel Frederick Maddox Jr., owns and operates Fast Trixx Powersports, Inc.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Daniel Frederick Maddox Jr. collected tax from customers at his business. However, during various periods beginning in July 2009 and lasting through periods in October 2010, he failed to send into the state all of the sales taxes that he had collected and also failed to file the required tax returns. Investigators found that Daniel Frederick Maddox Jr., had illegally kept taxpayers’ money. Under state law, sales tax is the property of the state at the moment of collection.

"Most Florida businesses do an excellent job of meeting the state's requirements for collecting and submitting sales tax, which pays for services Floridians need," said Lisa Vickers, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. "Individuals who collect tax but don't send it in are stealing taxpayer dollars and gaining an unfair financial advantage over honest businesses. It's our job to ensure that Florida's tax laws are administered fairly."

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.