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March 16, 2011

Pasco County Vehicle Repair Shop Owner Arrested

James Johnson, III, 35, the owner of Superior Style & Sound, Inc. located in Hudson, was arrested, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

Mr. Johnson, who lives in Spring Hill, was arrested by the Pasco County Sheriff's Department on March 15, 2011 on felony and misdemeanor charges relating to theft of state funds and failing to file six consecutive sales tax 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, and investigative costs. The shop is located at 9529 State Road 52 in Hudson. According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Johnson, during various periods beginning in 2007 and lasting through periods in 2010, failed to send all the money he collected from taxpayers to the state and to file taxes according to Florida law.

"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 Port Richey at 727-841-4272.

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.