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October 29, 2013

Milton Janitorial Service Owner Arrested

Eddie Delance Potts, 58, owner of DMG Janitorial, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $7,500 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

Mr. Potts, who lives in Milton, was arrested by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Department on October 29, 2013 on felony charges relating to theft of state funds and failure to file sales and use tax returns. 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, and investigative costs.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Potts collected sales tax from customers of his business. However, during various periods in 2010, 2011 and 2012, he failed to send in to the state all of the sales taxes that he had collected from his customers. 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 Marshall Stranburg, 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 Pensacola at 850-595-5188.

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.