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August 23, 2012

Miami Auto Repair Shop Owner Arrested

David J. Leira, 54, owner of Leira's Service Station located in Miami, has been arrested, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

Mr. Leira, who lives in Miami Shores, was arrested by the Miami Dade State Attorney's Office on July 19, 2012 on felony and misdemeanor charges relating to failure to file six consecutive returns and refusal to file returns and pay taxes due. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as payment of investigative costs.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Leira collected tax from customers at his repair shop. However, during various periods beginning in 2007 and lasting through periods in 2011, he failed to file tax returns as required by Florida law. The auto repair shop is located at 2101 Ludlam Road in Miami.

“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements,” said Marshall Stranburg, Interim 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 Miami at 305-513-3294.

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.