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March 28, 2012

Tallahassee Businessman Arrested for Stealing Taxes

Robert D. Williams, 33, owner of Ujamaa Embroidery By Design, Inc., has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $14,000 in sales tax he collect from customers, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Mr. Williams, who also lives in Tallahassee, was arrested by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on March 28, 2012 on felony and misdemeanor charges relating to theft of state sales tax, failure to file six consecutive returns, and refusing to file and pay taxes due. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as repayment of stolen taxes, interest, penalty and investigative costs.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Williams collected tax from customers at his clothing sales business. However, during various periods beginning in 2007 and lasting through periods in 2011, he failed to send in to the state all the sales tax he collected or file sales tax returns as required by law. The business is located at 1839 Unit C South Monroe Street in Tallahassee.

“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 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.