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November 18, 2009

Defuniak Springs Auto Repair Shop Owner Arrested

The owner of a Walton County auto repair shop has been arrested on charges that he failed to file sales tax returns, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

David Stanley Foreman, 44, of DeFuniak Springs, was arrested by the Walton County Sheriff’s Department on November 17, 2009 on three felony and two misdemeanor charges related to failure to file tax returns. Bail for Mr. Foreman was set at $ 5,000. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines for each felony charge, as well as possible repayment of tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Mr. Foreman owns and operates 1 Stop Auto Shop, 1171 Highway 90 East, DeFuniak Springs, Florida 32433.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Foreman routinely collected tax from customers at his business. However, during various periods in 2008 and 2009, he failed to file sales tax returns with the state.

"Most Florida businesses do an excellent job of meeting the state's requirements for collecting and submitting sales tax, which pays for services Floridians need," said Lisa Echeverri, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. "Individuals who consistently fail to submit tax returns gain an unfair financial advantage over honest businesses that follow the law. It's our job to ensure that Florida’s tax laws are administered fairly."

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue investigations office in Panama City at 850-747-5614.