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May 22, 2013

Pinellas County Tanning Boutique Owner Arrested

Marco A. Ambrossi, the owner of "I Tan Boutiques", a business specializing in the sales of tanning services located in Clearwater, Palm Harbor and Tampa, Florida, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $8,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Mr. Ambrossi, 32, who lives in Palm Harbor, was arrested by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office on May 20, 2013 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 penalty and investigative costs. I Tan Boutiques are located 2481 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater, 35603 US Highway 19 North in Palm Harbor and 3679 West Waters Avenue in Tampa.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Ambrossi collected tax from customers at his boutique. However, during various periods beginning in 2009, lasting through periods in 2012, he failed to send in 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 Clearwater at 727-507-6305.

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.