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March 24, 2014

Palm Harbor Gym Owners Arrested

Donald G. Galloway, 51 and David G. Galloway, 48, co-owners of DDC Fit, Incorporated, doing business as Anytime Fitness, have been arrested on charges that they stole more than $20,000 in sales tax they collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

Donald and David Galloway, who both live in Tampa, were arrested by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Department on March 21, 2014 on felony charges relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, they each face 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.

According to Revenue Department investigators, the Galloways collected sales tax from customers of their gym. However, during various periods from August 2011 through September 2013, they failed to send to the state all of the sales taxes that they had collected from their customers. Under state law, sales tax is the property of the state at the moment of collection. Anytime Fitness is located at 4942 Ridgemoor Boulevard in Palm Harbor.

"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 Largo at 727-588-6845.

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.