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February 14, 2013

Pompano Beach Used Car Dealer Arrested

Shepley Henri Goldberg, the owner of “A 2 Zach's Auto Sales, Inc.,” a used car dealership located in Pompano Beach, Florida, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $8,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Mr. Goldberg, 50, who lives in Plantation, was arrested by the Plantation Police Department on February 1, 2013, on felony and misdemeanor charges relating to theft of state funds, failure to file six consecutive returns 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 payment of penalty and investigative costs. A 2 Zach's Auto Sales, Inc. is located at 1401 S Dixie Highway in Pompano Beach.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Goldberg collected tax from customers at his dealership. However, during various periods beginning in 2007, lasting through periods in 2011, he failed to send in to the state all of the sales taxes that were collected or file his 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, Interim 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 954-346-3067.

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.