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September 8, 2010

Local Businesswoman Arrested

Casie C. Holloway, 41, of Land O Lakes has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $16,000 in sales tax she collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

Ms. Holloway was arrested by the Pasco County Sheriff's Department on September 2, 2010 on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, she faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Ms. Holloway is the Vice-President of J.W. Holloway, Inc., a business that specializes in the sale of farming supplies. The business has two locations: 3036 Land O Lakes Blvd., Land O Lakes and 31116 Darby Road, Dade City.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Ms. Holloway collected tax from customers at her business. However, during various periods beginning in 2009 and lasting through periods in 2010, she failed to send into the state all of the sales taxes that she had collected. Investigators found that she had illegally kept taxpayers money. Under state law, sales tax is the property of the state at the moment of collection.

"Most Florida businesses do an excellent job of meeting the state's requirements for collecting and submitting sales tax, which pays for services Floridians need," said Lisa Echeverri, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. "Individuals who collect tax but don't send it in are stealing taxpayer dollars and gaining an unfair financial advantage over honest businesses. It's our job to ensure that Florida's tax laws are administered fairly."

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue investigations office in Port Richey at 727-841-4272.