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October 3, 2011

Pompano Beach Auto Dealer Arrested for Sales Tax Theft

The owner of a Pompano Beach auto dealership has been arrested on charges that he stole sales tax he collected from customers, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

Robert S. Deromo, Jr., 39, of Deerfield Beach, was arrested by the Broward County Sheriff’s Department September 28, 2011 on a felony charge relating to the theft of state funds. 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. Deromo owns and operates Xcellant Kars Corp., 3161 South West 14th Court in Pompano Beach.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Deromo collected tax from customers at his business. However, during various periods starting in 2006 and lasting through periods in 2010, he failed to send into 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 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 Coral Springs at 954-346-2889.

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.