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March 18, 2014

Former Escambia County Auto Repair Shop Owner Arrested

Charles B. Mize, the former owner of Tune & Lube Center of Pensacola, Inc., an auto repair shop located in Pensacola, Florida, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $14,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Mr. Mize, 44, who lives in Tallahassee, was arrested by the Escambia County Sheriff's Office on March 17, 2014, on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as possible payment of interest and investigative costs. Tune & Lube Center of Pensacola, Inc. was located at 600 E. Cervantes Street in Pensacola.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Mize collected tax from customers at his shop. However, during various periods beginning in 2011, lasting through periods in 2012, he failed to send to the state all of the sales taxes that were collected.

"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 Pensacola at 850-595-5188.

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.