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June 23, 2014

Hollywood Used Car Dealer Arrested

Roselinda G. Aflalo, 44, owner of C Rosebud's Auto Sales, Inc., has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $166,000 in sales tax she collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Ms. Aflalo, who lives in Davie, was arrested by the Davie Police Department on June 19, 2014 on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, she faces up to 30 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Rosebud's Auto Sales is located at 901 South State Road 7 in Hollywood.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Ms. Aflalo collected sales tax from customers of her used car lot. However, during various periods starting in January 2008 through December 2012, she failed to send to the state all of the sales taxes that she had collected from her customers. Under state law, sales tax is the property of the state at the moment of collection.

"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 Coral Springs at 954-346-2850.

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.