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December 21, 2012

Former Daytona Beach Restaurant Owner Arrested

Barry Clarambeau, the former owner of Big Kahuna Bar and Grill, a restaurant that had been located in Daytona Beach, Florida, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $16,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Mr. Clarambeau, 50, who lives in Ormond Beach, was arrested by the Flagler County Sheriff's Department on December 2, 2012, on felony charges relating to theft of state funds and issuing a worthless bank check. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as possible payment of penalty and investigative costs. Big Kahuna Bar & Grill was located at 1010 Main Street in Daytona Beach.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Clarambeau collected tax from customers at his restaurant. However, during various periods in 2011, he failed to send in to the state all of the sales taxes that were collected and he issued worthless checks to the Department of Revenue.

“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements,” said Marshall Stranburg, Interim 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 Daytona Beach at 386-274-6622.

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.