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August 22, 2011

Local Business Owner Arrested

Domenic Spinelli, 51, owner of Spinelli’s Rentals of Southwest Florida in Sarasota, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $20,000 in sales tax he collect from customers, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Mr. Spinelli, who lives in North Port, was arrested by the Sarasota Sheriffs Department on August 18 on a felony charge 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 repayment of stolen taxes, interest, penalty and investigative costs.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Spinelli collected tax from customers at his business that specializes in the rental of party equipment. However, during various periods beginning in 2007 and lasting through periods in 2011, he failed to send into the state all the sales tax he collected. The business is located at 5425 North Washington Blvd in Sarasota.

"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 Tampa at 813-744-6506..

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.