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September 12, 2012

Former Sunrise Restaurant Owner Arrested

Julio E. Ramirez, the former owner of Emilio's Italian Restaurant, located in Sunrise, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $12,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Mr. Ramirez, 63, who lives in Tamarac, was arrested by the Broward County Sheriff's Department on September 5, 2012 on felony and misdemeanor charges relating to theft of state funds 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 possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Mr. Ramirez's restaurant was located at 11130 West Oakland Park Blvd.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Ramirez collected tax from customers at his restaurant. However, during various periods beginning in 2010 and lasting through periods in 2012, he failed to send into the state all of the sales taxes that he had collected.

“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 Coral Springs at 954-346-3067.

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.