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July 11, 2011

Zephyrhills Restaurant Owner Arrested

The Florida Department of Revenue announced today that Felix Manual Borges Chavez, also known as known as Felix Borges, the owner of Flaco’s Café, was arrested by the Pasco County Sheriff’s Department on July 9, 2011 on charges that he stole more than $67,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state.

Mr. Chavez, 46, was arrested on a felony relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible payment of tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. The restaurant is located at 5347 Gall Blvd. in Zephyrhills.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Chavez routinely collected tax from customers at his business. However, during various periods beginning in 2008 and lasting through periods in 2010, he failed to send into the state all the sales tax he collected from his customers.

"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 Port Richey at 727-841-4272.

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.