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February 21, 2012

Broward County Restaurant Owner Arrested

Erik H. Brinkmann, 40, owner of Shelby's Kitchen & Deli, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $56,000 in sales tax he collect from customers, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Mr. Brinkmann, who lives in Coconut Creek, was arrested by the Broward County Sheriff's Department on February 13, 2012 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 repayment of stolen taxes, interest, penalty and investigative costs.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Brinkmann collected tax from customers at his restaurant. However, during various periods beginning in 2008 and lasting through periods in 2010, he failed to send in to the state all the sales tax he collected. The restaurant is located at 3952 West Hillsboro Blvd in Deerfield Beach.

"It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements," said Lisa Vickers, 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 worse—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 561-640-2874.

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.