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November 15, 2011

Former Owner of Tampa Computer Store Arrested

Kevin A. Aldrich, 41, the former owner of Computer Parts and Upgrades, Inc., has been arrested on charges of state sales tax evasion, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Mr. Aldrich, who also lives in Tampa, was arrested by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department on November 15, 2011 on a felony charge relating to tax and evasion and misdemeanor charge relating to failure to maintain records. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, penalty and investigative costs.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Aldrich collected tax from customers at his business. However, during various periods beginning in 2009 and lasting through periods in 2011, he failed to send into the state all the sales tax he collected or maintain the records required by Florida law. The business was located at 10430 North Dale Mabry in Tampa.

"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 Tampa at 813-744-6506.

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.