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May 14, 2012

Former Port Charlotte Businessman Arrested

Steven D. Marks, 59, the former owner of Discount Warehouse Outlet, located in Port Charlotte, has been arrested, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Mr. Marks, who also lives in Port Charlotte, was arrested by the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office on May 11, 2012 on felony and misdemeanor charges relating to tax evasion, refusal to file returns and pay taxes due, and failure to maintain records. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as, repayment of sales tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Marks collected tax from customers at his business. However, during various periods beginning in 2009 and lasting through periods in 2010, he failed to send in to the state all the tax he collected or file sales tax returns as required by laws. The business was located at 2651 Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte.

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 Fort Myers at 239-338-2425.

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.