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September 7, 2011

Land O Lakes Gun Shop Owner Arrested

Jason W. Perry, 44, former owner of The Smokin' Barrels Guns in Land O Lakes, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $35,000 in sales tax he collect from customers, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Mr. Perry, who lives in Lutz, was arrested by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department on September 6, 2011 on felony charges relating 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. Perry collected tax from customers at his shop. However, during various periods in 2008, lasting through periods in 2010, he failed to send into the state all the sales tax he collected. The shop was located at 6812 Land O Lakes Blvd. in Land O Lakes.

"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.