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April 18, 2012

Broward County Auto Dealer Arrested

The owner of a Marion County business that provides security systems has been arrested, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

Carlton Hall 45, who lives in Ocala, was arrested by the Marion County Sheriff's Department on April 4, 2012 on a felony charge relating to failure to file six consecutive tax returns. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, and possible payment of investigative costs.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Hall collected tax from customers at his business, however, during various periods beginning in 2009 and lasting through periods in 2012, he failed to file his sales tax returns as required by law. Mr. Hall owns and operates Top of the Line Industries, Inc., located at 72 Lakeview Drive in Ocala.

“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 Alachua at 386-418-4444.

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.