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August 27, 2012

Ocala Used Car Dealer Arrested in Theft Case

Johnnie R. Dyous, the owner of JMAX Auto Outlet, Inc., located in Ocala, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $34,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Mr. Dyous, 48, who also lives in Ocala, was arrested by the Marion County Sheriff's Office on August 1, 2012 on felony and misdemeanor charges relating to theft of state funds, failure to file six consecutive returns, and refusal to file returns and pay taxes due. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Mr. Dyous's dealership is located at 210 North West 20th Street in Ocala.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Dyous collected tax from customers at his dealership. However, during various periods beginning in 2008 and lasting through periods in 2012, he failed to send in to the state all of the sales taxes that he had collected. 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, 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 Alachua at 386-418-4444.

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.