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October 26, 2011

Tallahassee Auto Repair Shop Owner Arrested in Theft Case

Marco A. Llovera, 35, the owner of M & R Universal Auto Mechanics and Tire, Inc., doing business as AAMCO Transmissions, located in Tallahassee, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $98,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

Mr. Llovera, Tallahassee, was arrested by the Leon County Sheriff’s Department on October 25, 2011 on felony and misdemeanor charges relating to theft of state funds and refusing 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. The business is located at 2655 West Tennessee Street in Tallahassee.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Llovera collected tax from customers at his auto repair shop. However, during various periods beginning in 2008 and lasting through periods in 2011, he failed to send into the state all of the sales taxes that he had collected or file tax returns as required by law. 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 Tallahassee at 850-922-2671..

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.