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November 22, 2010

Local Retailer Arrested

Satesh Ramsaran, owner of Dr. Snooze, a business that specializes in the sales of beds, with locations in Ocala, Crystal River and Summerfield, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $105,000 in state funds he collected in sales tax from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced.

Mr. Ramsaran, 29, of Ocala, was arrested by the Marion County Sheriff’s Department on November 19, 2010 on a felony and misdemeanor charges relating to theft of state funds and refusal to file returns and pay taxes. If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. The businesses are located at 11110 South West 93rd Court, Ocala, 1200 North East 5th Street, Crystal River and 17950 South US Highway 441 in Summerfield.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Ramsaran collected tax from customers at his businesses. However, during various periods beginning in 2007 and lasting through periods in 2009, he failed to send into the state all of the sales taxes that he had collected and he refuse to file tax returns. Under state law, sales tax is the property of the state at the moment of collection.

"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 Vickers, Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. "Individuals who collect tax but don't send it in are stealing taxpayer dollars and gaining an unfair financial advantage over honest businesses. 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 Alachua at 386-418-4415.

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.