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Sevan A. Campbell, 55, and Lois O. Campbell, 41, owners of GBOR, Inc., doing business as Caribbean Choice Restaurant & Bakery, have been arrested on charges that they failed to account for and send to the state the sales tax they collected from their customers, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.


The Campbells, who live in Wellington, were arrested by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department on December 14, 2015, on felony charges relating to the theft of state funds and the failure to file six consecutive sales tax returns. If convicted, they face up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines for each charge, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Caribbean Choice Restaurant & Bakery is located at 955 Sansburys Way in West Palm Beach.


According to Revenue Department investigators, the Campbells collected sales tax from the customers of their business. However, from July 2013 through July 2014, they failed to file tax returns and failed to send to the state all of the sales tax they had collected from their 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 Coral Springs at 954-346-2850.


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.

12/15/2015Yes2015
  

Christopher B. Dickens, 41, operator of Sweet Rack Rib Shack, Inc. has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $38,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.


Mr. Dickens, who lives in Troy, Alabama, was arrested by the Leon County Sheriff's Department on December 1, 2015 on felony and misdemeanor charges relating to theft of state funds and the failure to file tax returns. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Sweet Rack Rib Shack, now closed, was located at 1814 West Tennessee Street in Tallahassee.


According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Dickens collected sales tax from customers at his restaurant. However, during various periods from March through November 2014, he failed to send 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 Tallahassee at 850-922-2671.

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.

12/2/2015Yes2015
  

Joy A. Schimborski, 39, operator of Gamers Edge, has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $39,000 in sales tax she collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.


Ms. Schimborski, who lives in Ocala, was arrested by the Marion County Sheriff's Department on November 17, 2015 on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, she faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Gamers Edge is located at 3131 SW College Road in Ocala


According to Revenue Department investigators, Ms. Schimborski collected sales tax from the customers of her business. However, during various periods from December 2012 through November 2014, she failed to send to the state all of the sales taxes she had collected from her 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 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.​

12/2/2015Yes2015
  

Jason Michael Stanley, 33, owner of Mach 1 Detailing, LLC has been arrested on charges that he failed to file six consecutive tax returns, and failing to account for and remit the sales tax he collected from his customers, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.


Mr. Stanley, who lives in Navarre, was arrested by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office on November 19, 2015 on a felony charges relating to his 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, penalty and investigative costs. Mach 1 Detailing is located at 6609 Sea Crab Circle in Navarre.


According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Stanley collected sales tax from customers of his business. However, during the period beginning in January 2013 through June 2015, he failed to send to the state sales tax returns and any of the sales taxes 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.

11/20/2015Yes2015
  

Nicholas George Vuolo, 52, owner of A Plus Auto Service, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $28,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Mr. Vuolo, who lives in Port Charlotte, was arrested by the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office on November 18, 2015 on felony charges relating to the theft of state funds and the failure to file six consecutive sales tax returns. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. A Plus Auto Service is located at 909 Kings Highway in Port Charlotte.


According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Vuolo collected sales tax from customers of his auto service business. However, from April 2013 through December 2014, he failed to account for and send 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 Fort Myers at 239-338-2442.

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.

11/19/2015Yes2015
  

Ibrahim Volkan Nalbant, 42, operator of United Motor Cars of Jacksonville, LLC, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $25,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.


Mr. Nalbant, who lives in Jacksonville, was arrested by the Jacksonville County Sheriff's Office on November 7, 2015 on felony charges relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. United Motor Cars of Jacksonville was located at 4549 St. Augustine Road in Jacksonville.


According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Nalbant collected sales tax from customers at his car lot. However, during the period of February 2009 through March 2011, he failed to send to the state all of the sales taxes 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 Jacksonville at 954-359-6671.

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.

11/17/2015Yes2015
  

​Michael O'Brien, 51, owner of The Izorah Corporation, doing business as Kloiber's Cobbler & Eatery, has been arrested on charges that he failed to account for and send to the state the sales tax he collected from customers, according to the Florida Department of Revenue. 

 

Mr. O'Brien, Titusville, was arrested by the Brevard County Sheriff's Department on October 20, 2015 on felony charges relating to the theft of state funds and the failure to file 6 consecutive sales tax returns.  If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs.  Kloiber's Cobbler & Eatery is located at 337 South Washington Avenue in Titusville.

 

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. O'Brien collected sales tax from customers at his restaurant.  However, during various periods from August 2014 through May 2015, he failed to account for and send to the state all of the sales tax 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 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.

11/7/2015Yes2015
  

​Charles Soffron, 45, operator of Boston Beef and Seafood, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $88,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue. 

 

Mr. Soffron, Merritt Island, was arrested by the Brevard County Sheriff's Department on October 14, 2015 on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds.  If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs.  Boston Beef and Seafood, now closed, was located at 5590 North Atlantic Avenue in Cocoa Beach.

 

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Soffron collected sales tax from customers of his business.  However, during the period beginning in August 2013 through May 2014, he failed to send to the state sales tax returns and any of the sales taxes 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 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.

11/6/2015Yes2015
  

​William A. Cundiff, 68, the former owner of Ace Elevator Cabs, Inc., has been arrested on a felony charge that he stole more than $63,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the State, according to the Florida Department of Revenue. 

 

Mr. Cundiff, Coral Springs, was arrested on October 12, 2015 and appeared in Circuit Court today where he pled guilty to the charge. Judge Michael Rothschild placed him on probation and ordered him to pay $77,367.10 in restitution to the State. Because Mr. Cundiff was on probation for a 2009 case also involving the theft of state funds, Judge Rothschild violated his probation and remanded him to the custody of the sheriff.

 

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Cundiff collected sales tax from the customers of his business.  However, during various periods beginning in 2010, lasting through periods in 2011, he failed to send in to the state all of the sales taxes that were collected. 

 

"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 Coral Springs at 954-346-2850.

 

 

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.

10/14/2015Yes2015
  

​Dustin M. Messner, 32, owner of TPP Newberry, Inc., has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $36,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue. 

 

Mr. Messner, who lives in Cedar Key, was arrested by the Alachua County Sheriff's Department on September 16, 2015 on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds.  If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs.  TPP Newberry, now closed, was located at 14209 West Newberry Road in Newberry.

 

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Messner collected sales tax from the customers of his restaurant.  However, during the period from April 2012 through March 2013, he failed to send 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 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.

10/13/2015Yes2015
  

​Garland B. Marsh, 55, operator of Par-A-Dice Motor Sales, Inc., has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $29,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue. 

 

Mr. Marsh, who also lives in Jacksonville, was arrested by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office on September 22, 2015 on a felony charges relating to theft of state funds.  If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Par-A-Dice Motor Sales, now closed, was located at 8923 103rd Street in Jacksonville.

 

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Marsh collected sales tax from customers at his car lot.  However, during various periods from February 2008 through August 2011, he failed to send to the state all of the sales taxes 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 Jacksonville at 904-359-2587.

 

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.

9/30/2015Yes2015
  

​Alton S. Johnson, 33, owner of Prime Motors LLC, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $15,900 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue. 

 

Mr. Johnson, who lives in Tallahassee, was arrested by the Leon County Sheriff's Department on September 26, 2015 on felony and misdemeanor charges relating to theft of state funds and refusal 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, penalty and investigative costs. Prime Motors, now closed, was located at 3080 West Tharpe Street in Tallahassee.

 

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Johnson collected sales tax from customers of his business.  However, during various periods beginning in December 2012 through November 2014, he failed to file sales tax returns and send to the state all of the sales taxes 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 Tallahassee at 850-922-2671.

 

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.

9/29/2015Yes2015
  

​Sheik F. Bacchus, 61, and Anna M. Lallbeharry, 46, the owners of Bacchus Auto Sales, Inc., have been arrested on charges that they stole more than $71,000 in sales tax they collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue. 

 

Mr. Bacchus and Ms. Lallbeharry were arrested by the Orange County Sheriff's Department earlier this month on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds.  If convicted, they each face up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs.  Bacchus Auto Sales is located at 397 Dobson Street in Orlando.

 

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Bacchus and Ms. Lallbeharry collected sales tax from the customers of their car lot.  However, during various periods from June 2010 through May 2014, they failed to send to the state all of the sales taxes they had collected from their 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 Orlando at 407-648-2984.

 

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.

9/18/2015Yes2015
  

​Nelson W. Myerson, 53, owner of Raycar International Inc., has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $21,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue. 

 

Mr. Myerson, who lives in Orlando, was arrested by the Orange County Sheriff's Department on September 10, 2015 on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds.  If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Raycar International is located at 1025 Amber Road in Orlando.

 

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Myerson collected sales tax from customers at his car lot.  However, during various periods from July 2010 through March 2014, he failed to send to the state all of the sales taxes 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 Orlando at 407-648-2984.

 

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.

9/18/2015Yes2015
  

Bonita Yvette Thompson, 50, doing business as Bonita Thompson Cleaning Services, has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $14,000 in sales tax she collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.


Ms. Thompson, who lives in Pensacola, surrendered herself at the Escambia County Jail on September 4, 2015 on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, she faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. The business, now closed, listed its address as 2157 Ziglar Road in Cantonment.


According to Revenue Department investigators, Ms. Thompson collected sales tax from the customers of her cleaning company. However, during various periods from March 2011 through June 2014, she failed to send to the state all of the sales taxes that she had collected from her 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.

9/4/2015Yes2015
  

Brian A. Cartenuto, 34, owner of Sprinkles & Unicorns Coma LLC doing business as Tucker Dukes SFD and Unicorn Airlines Services LLC, doing business as Tucker Duke's Lunchbox, has been arrested on charges that he failed to file 6 consecutive tax returns, thereby failing to account for and remit the sales tax he collected from his customers, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.


Mr. Cartenuto, who lives in Niceville, was arrested by the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Department on September 2, 2015 on multiple felony charges relating to his 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, penalty and investigative costs. Both businesses list their address as 73 South John Sims Parkway in Valparaiso.


According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Cartenuto collected sales tax from the customers of his businesses. However, during the period beginning in October 2014 through April 2015, he failed to send to the state sales tax returns and any of the sales taxes he had collected from 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.

9/2/2015Yes2015
  

Tony T. Nguyen, 45, owner of Nguyen-Mai Enterprises, LLC, doing business as Salsarita's Fresh Cantina, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $44,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.


Mr. Nguyen, who lives in Jacksonville, was arrested by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office on August 19, 2015 on felony charges relating to the theft of state funds and failure to file 6 consecutive sales tax returns. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Salsarita's Fresh Cantina, now closed, was located at 840 Nautica Drive in Jacksonville.


According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Nguyen collected sales tax from customers at his restaurant. However, during various periods from July 2011 through June 2014, he failed to account for and send to the state all of the sales taxes 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 Jacksonville at 904-353-2129.

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.

8/26/2015Yes2015
  

Christopher J. Monticello, 40, owner of J & B Auto Sales and Brokerage, LLC, doing business as Raceway Motors, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $99,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.


Mr. Monticello, who lives in Margate, turned himself in to the Broward County Sheriff's Department on July 23, 2015 on felony charges relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Raceway Motors, now closed, was located at 1306 South State Road 7 in Davie.


According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Monticello collected sales tax from customers at his car lot. However, during various periods from April 2013 through March 2014, he failed to send to the state all of the sales taxes 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 Coral Springs at 954-346-2850.

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.

8/5/2015Yes2015
  

Michael Kane, formerly known as Kane Gonzalez, 41, owner of BCGB Unit 1 Inc., doing business as Big City Grill Co., has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $31,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.


Mr. Kane, who lives in Lutz, was arrested by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department on July 23 on felony charges relating to the theft of state funds and the failure to file six consecutive sales tax returns. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Big City Grill operates two locations in Brandon: 528 Oakfield Drive and 2490 West Brandon Boulevard.


According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Kane collected sales tax from customers at his restaurant. However, during various periods from March 2012 through December 2014, he failed to account for and send to the state all of the sales taxes 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 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.

8/4/2015Yes2015
  

Gennaidiy Shapirshteyn, 59, operator of Andrey's Auto Repair Corp., has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $46,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.


Mr. Shapirshteyn, who lives in Palm Coast, was arrested by the Flagler County Sheriff's Department on August 1, 2015 on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Andrey's Auto Repair is located at 113 North State Street in Bunnell.


According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Shapirshteyn collected sales tax from customers of his repair shop. However, during various periods from April 2009 through May 2012, he failed to send to the state all of the sales taxes 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 Orlando at 407-648-2984.

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.

8/3/2015Yes2015
  

​Roger Todd Bates, 43, owner of Calypso Commercial Holdings, LLC, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $10,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

 

Mr. Bates, who lives in Fernandina Beach, was arrested by the Fernandina Beach Police Department on July 5, 2015 on felony and misdemeanor charges relating to theft of state funds and the failure to file 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, penalty and investigative costs.  Calypso Commercial Holdings is located at 11323 Phillips Parkway Drive East in Jacksonville.

 

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Bates collected sales tax from the customers at his storage facility.  However, during various periods from May 2008 through December 2011, he failed to send 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 Jacksonville at 904-359-6671.

 

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.

7/17/2015Yes2015
  

​Luis Manuel Rios, 35, owner of Sell Your Trade, LLC, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $36,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.


 

Mr. Rios, who lives in Gainesville, was arrested by the Alachua County Sheriff's Department on June 16, 2015 on felony charges relating to the theft of state funds and the failure to file 6 consecutive sales tax returns.  If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Sell Your Trade, now closed, was located at 11108 NW US Highway 441 in Gainesville.


 

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Rios collected sales tax from customers at his business; however, from January 2012 through December 2014, he failed to account for and send to the state all of the sales taxes he 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 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.

7/17/2015Yes2015
  

​Katie A Weiss, 32, owner of Jet Set Gallery LLC, doing business as Jet Set Lounge, has been arrested on charges that she failed to file 6 consecutive tax returns, thereby failing to account for and remit the sales tax she collected from her customers, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.


Ms. Weiss, who lives in Tallahassee, was arrested by the Leon County Sheriff's Department on June 16, 2015 on felony and misdemeanor charges relating to the failure to file sales and use tax returns and to remit the collected sales tax.  If convicted, she faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs.  Jet Set Lounge is located at 501 North Macomb Street in Tallahassee.


According to Revenue Department investigators, Ms. Weiss collected sales tax from customers of her business.  However, during the period beginning in October 2012 through March 2015, she failed to send to the state sales tax returns and any of the sales taxes she had collected from her 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 Tallahassee at 850-922-2671.


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.

7/16/2015Yes2015
  

Gwendolyn Glenn, 60, owner of A Car Concierge Service, Inc., has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $6,000 in sales tax she collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.


Ms. Glenn, who lives in Deltona, was arrested by the Volusia County Sheriff's Department on April 22, 2015 on felony charges relating to the theft of state funds. If convicted, she faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines for each charge, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. A Car Concierge Service, now closed, was located at 132 South Charles Richard Beall Boulevard in Debary.


According to Revenue Department investigators, Ms. Glenn collected sales tax from customers at her car lot. However, during the period from March through August 2013, she failed to truthfully account for and send to the state all of the sales taxes that she had collected from her 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 Maitland at 407-475-1267.

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.

6/5/2015Yes2015
  

Harry W. Maynard III, 41, doing business as Mobil Mechanic, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $15,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.


Mr. Maynard, who lives in Daytona Beach, was arrested by the Holly Hill Police Department on April 24, 2015 on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds. 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, penalty and investigative costs.


According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Maynard collected sales tax from the customers of his business. However, during various periods from May 2012 through January 2013, he failed to send to the state all of the sales taxes he had collected from his customers. Under state law, sales tax is the property of the state at the moment of collection. Mobile Mechanic is located at 616 Fern Avenue in Holly Hill.


"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 Orlando at 407-348-2984.

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.

6/5/2015Yes2015
  

Myron H Shafer, Jr., 34, owner of Video Game Trader LLC, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $42,600 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.


Mr. Shafer, who lives in Daytona Beach, was arrested by the Volusia County Sheriff's Department on April 29, 2015 on multiple felony charges relating to the theft of state funds, the failure to file 6 consecutive sales tax returns and the issuance of worthless checks, drafts or electronic instruments. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines for each violation, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Video Game Trader operated at two Volusia County locations, the first at 4649 South Clyde Morris Boulevard in Port Orange, and the second at 1270 Saxon Boulevard in Orange City.


According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Shafer collected sales tax from customers at both locations. However, from July 2013 through December 2014, he failed to account for and send to the state all of the sales taxes 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 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.

6/5/2015Yes2015
  

Latoya D. Nixon, 32, owner of Top Quality Auto Sales, LLC, has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $13,000 in sales tax she collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.


Ms. Nixon, who lives in Orlando, was arrested by the Orange County Sheriff's Office on May 1, 2015 on felony charges relating to theft of state funds and failure to file 6 consecutive sales tax returns. If convicted, she faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines for each charge, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Top Quality Auto Sales is located at 4701 West Concord Avenue in Orlando.


According to Revenue Department investigators, Ms. Nixon collected sales tax from the customers at her used car lot. However, during various periods from October 2012 through June 2014, she failed to account for and send to the state all of the sales taxes she had collected from her 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 Orlando at 407-648-2984.

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.

5/20/2015Yes2015
  

Benjamin M. Nichols, 70, owner of Captain Pete's Oyster House, LLC, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $12,400 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.


Mr. Nichols, who lives in Pace, was arrested by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Department on April 28 on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds. 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, penalty and investigative costs. Captain Pete's Oyster House, now closed, was located at 2784 Avalon Boulevard in Milton.


According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Nichols collected sales tax from the customers of his restaurant. However, during various periods from February 2012 through February 2014, he failed to send 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.

5/5/2015Yes2015
  

Lina Pepper, also known as Lina Gallinea, 36, co-owner of LP Maintenance of FL, LLC, has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $17,000 in sales tax she collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.


Ms. Pepper, who lives in West Palm Beach, was arrested by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department on April 28, 2015 on a felony charge relating to the theft of state funds. If convicted, she faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. LP Maintenance of FL was last known to be operating at 909 South Military Trail in West Palm Beach.


According to Revenue Department investigators, Ms. Pepper collected sales tax from the customers of her business. However, during various periods starting in January 2013 through April 2014, she failed to send to the state all of the sales taxes that she had collected from her 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 Coral Springs at 954-346-2850.

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.

4/29/2015Yes2015
  

John Hrabovsky, 40, owner of JRH & SONS LLC, has been arrested on tax evasion charges, by failing to account for and remit the sales tax he collected from his customers, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.


Mr. Hrabovsky, who lives in Flagler Beach, was arrested by the Flagler County Sheriff's Department on March 18, 2015 on a felony tax evasion charges relating to his failure to file sales and use tax returns and failure to remit the sales tax collected. 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, penalty and investigative costs. JRH & SONS is engaged in the lease of commercial real estate.


According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Hrabovsky collected sales tax on commercial real estate leases. However, during the period from May 2013 through October 2014, he failed to send to the state sales tax returns and any 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 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.

4/10/2015Yes2015
  

Joseph D. Nawalany, 39, owner of Jobe Enterprises LLC, doing business as Bass Automotive, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $11,000 in sales tax he collected from customers but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.


Mr. Nawalany, who lives in Tallahassee, was arrested by the Leon County Sheriff's Department on April 7, 2015 on felony charges relating to the theft of state funds and the failure to file six consecutive sales tax returns. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines for each offense, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Bass Automotive was located at 1836 Capital Circle NE in Tallahassee. A business called Bass Auto Repair, with no connection to Mr. Nawalany, currently operates at that location.


According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Nawalany collected sales tax from customers at his repair shop. However, during various periods from December 2011 through February 2015, he failed to account for and send to the state all of the sales taxes that he 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 Tallahassee at 850-922-2671.

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.

4/9/2015Yes2015
  

Ramon E. Reverol, 35, operator of Fusion Motors, Inc. in Naples, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $113,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Mr. Reverol, who lives in Naples, was arrested by the Collier County Sheriff's Department on March 20, 2015 on felony charges relating to the theft of state funds, the filing of false and fraudulent tax returns and the failure to file six consecutive tax returns. 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. Fusion Motors is located at 3899 Mannix Drive in Naples.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Reverol collected sales tax from customers at his car lot. However, during various periods starting in May 2010 through July 2014, he failed to truthfully account for and send 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 Naples at 239-348-7582.

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.

3/24/2015Yes2015
  

Hugh W. Silvera, 49, owner of Carvizion, Inc., has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $143,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Mr. Silvera, who lives in Port St. Lucie, was arrested by the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Department on March 11, 2015 on felony charges relating to the theft of state funds and the filing of false and fraudulent tax returns. 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. Carvizion, now closed, was located at 422 NW Lake Whitney Place in Port St. Lucie.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Silvera collected sales tax from customers at his car lot. However, during various periods from October 2008 through December 2013, he failed to send 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 Fort Pierce at 772-429-2196.

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.

3/23/2015Yes2015
  

William Troy Hurley, 50, owner of Gwinn, Inc., doing business as Sunset Café, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $15,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Mr. Hurley, who lives in Fort Pierce, was arrested by the Indian River County Sheriff's Department on March 18, 2015 on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds. 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, penalty and investigative costs. Sunset Café is located at 760 South Highway 1 in Vero Beach.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Hurley collected sales tax from customers at his restaurant. However, during various periods from 2011 through 2014, he failed to send 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 Fort Pierce at 772-429-2196.

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.

3/23/2015Yes2015
  

Dorothy L (Dottie) Stonestreet, 57, owner of Virginia Avenue Café, LLC, doing business as Lenzi's Diner, has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $36,000 in sales tax she collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Ms. Stonestreet, who lives in Fort Pierce, was arrested by the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Department on March 12, 2015 on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, she faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Lenzi's Diner is located at 800 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Ms. Stonestreet collected sales tax from customers at her restaurant. However, during the period from January 2012 through November 2014, she failed to send to the state all of the sales taxes that she had collected from her 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 Fort Pierce at 772-429-2196.

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.

3/18/2015Yes2015
  

Tammy B. Gordon, also known as Tammy B. Beavers, 36, owner of Pampered Paws Pet Grooming, has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $25,000 in sales tax she collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Ms. Gordon-Beavers, who lives in Jacksonville, was arrested by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Department on January 27, 2015 on felony charges relating to the theft of state funds and the failure to file 6 consecutive sales tax returns. If convicted, she faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Pampered Paws Pet Grooming is located at 11233 Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Ms. Gordon-Beavers collected sales tax from the customers of her business. However, during various periods from February 2009 through November 2013, she failed to account for and to send to the state all of the sales taxes that she had collected from her 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 Jacksonville at 904-359-6671.

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.

3/16/2015Yes2015
  

Garrett S. Young, 39, owner of All Around Auto Care, LLC, formerly known as F/S Customz LLC, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $21,000 in sales tax he collected from customers but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.


Mr. Young, who lives in Tallahassee, was arrested by the Leon County Sheriff's Department on March 5, 2015 on felony charges relating to the theft of state funds and the failure to file 6 consecutive sales tax returns. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. The business, which is now closed, was located in Tallahassee, most recently at1930 South Monroe Street and previously at 4042 Apalachee Parkway.


According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Young collected sales tax from customers at his repair shop. However, during various periods from February 2013 through October 2014, he failed to account for and send 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 Tallahassee at 850-922-2671.

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.

3/6/2015Yes2015
  

George Miguel Diaz, 56, owner of Los 3 Amigos Auto Repair & Used Tire Shop, has been arrested on grand theft charges based upon his failure to file 6 consecutive tax returns, failing to account for and remit the sales tax he collected from his customers, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.


Mr. Diaz, who lives in Naples, was arrested by the Collier County Sheriff's Department on March 3, 2015 on multiple felony theft charges relating to his failure to file sales and use tax returns and remit the taxes due. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines for each charge, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Los 3 Amigos Auto Repair is located at 1700 Commercial Drive in Naples.


According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Diaz collected sales tax from customers of his business. However, during the period beginning in April 2010 through July 2012, he failed to send to the state sales tax returns and any 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 Naples at 239-348-7582.

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.

3/5/2015Yes2015
  

Lalonda Devaughn, 33, owner of Machae's Fish & Chicken Spot, has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $5,100 in sales tax she collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.


Ms. Devaughn, who lives in Pensacola, was arrested by the Escambia County Sheriff's Department on February 19, 2015 on a felony charge relating to the theft of state funds. If convicted, she faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Machae's Fish & Chicken Spot, now closed, was located at 8187 West Fairfield Drive in Pensacola.


According to Revenue Department investigators, Ms. Devaughn collected sales tax from the customers of her restaurant. However, during various periods from April 2011 through October 2012, she failed to account for and to send to the state all of the sales taxes that she had collected from her 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.

2/20/2015Yes2015
  

Henry C Kirk, III, 69, owner of Poseidon Computer Systems, Inc., has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $14,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.


Mr. Kirk, who lives in Pensacola, was arrested by the Escambia County Sheriff's Department on Friday, February 13, on felony charges relating to the theft of state funds and the failure to file six consecutive sales tax returns. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines for each charge, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Poseidon Computer Systems is located at 5501 Duval Street in Pensacola.


According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Kirk collected sales tax from customers at his business. However, from January 2010 through June 2014, he failed to account for and send to the state all of the sales taxes that he had collected from 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.

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Timothy Popham, 36, owner of Sunrise Beach Rentals of Brevard, Inc., has been arrested on charges that he failed to file 6 consecutive tax returns, thereby failing to account for and remit the sales tax he collected from his customers, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Mr. Popham, who lives in Indialantic, was arrested by the Brevard County Sheriff's Department on December 29, 2014 on felony charges relating to theft of state funds and his 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 for each charge, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Popham collected sales tax from customers of his business. However, during the period beginning in September of 2012 through June 2014, he failed to send to the state sales tax returns and any of the sales taxes 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 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.
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Jose A. Centeno, 46, owner of Mulch & Pine Spreaders of FL, Inc., doing business as MPS, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $24,800 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Mr. Centeno, who lives in Lehigh Acres, was arrested by the Lee County Sheriff's Department on January 10, 2015 on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Centeno collected sales tax from customers of his landscape business. However, during various periods from December 2012 through April 2014, he failed to send 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 Fort Myers at 239-338-2437.

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.
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January 13, 2015


US Labor Department signs agreement with Florida Department of Revenue to reduce misclassification of employees

WASHINGTON — Officials from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Florida Department of Revenue today signed a memorandum of understanding with the goal of protecting the rights of employees by preventing their misclassification as independent contractors or other nonemployee statuses. Under the agreement, both agencies will share information and coordinate law enforcement. The MOU represents a new effort on the part of the agencies to work together to protect the rights of employees and level the playing field for responsible employers by reducing the practice of misclassification. The Florida Department of Revenue is the latest state agency to partner with the Labor Department.

In Fiscal Year 2013, WHD investigations resulted in more than $83,051,159 in back wages for more than 108,050 workers in industries, such as janitorial, food, construction, day care, hospitality and garment. WHD regularly finds large concentrations of misclassified workers in low-wage industries.

"Misclassification deprives workers of rightfully-earned wages and undercuts law-abiding businesses," said Dr. David Weil, administrator of the Wage and Hour Division. "This memorandum of understanding sends a clear message that we are standing together with the state of Florida to protect workers and responsible employers and ensure everyone has the opportunity to succeed."

"By partnering with the U.S. Department of Labor we are actively working to level the playing field for Florida's businesses to stop the misclassification of workers. Businesses that misreport workers obtain an unfair advantage over other law-abiding businesses," said Florida Department of Revenue Executive Director, Marshall Stranburg.

Business models that attempt to change or obscure the employment relationship through the use of independent contractors are not inherently illegal, but they may not be used to evade compliance with federal labor law. Although legitimate independent contractors are an important part of our economy, the misclassification of employees presents a serious problem. Independent contractors are often denied access to critical benefits and protections, such as family and medical leave, overtime compensation, minimum wage pay and unemployment insurance, to which they are entitled. In addition, misclassification can create economic pressure for law-abiding business owners, who often find it difficult to compete with those who are skirting the law.

Memoranda of understanding with state government agencies arose as part of the department's Misclassification Initiative, with the goal of preventing, detecting and remedying employee misclassification. Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New York, Utah and Washington state agencies have signed similar agreements. More information is available on the Department of Labor's misclassification website at http://www.dol.gov/misclassification/.

The mission of the department is to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and ensure work-related benefits and rights. To learn more about the FLSA's requirements, call the Wage and Hour Division's toll-free hotline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243) or visit its website at http://www.dol.gov/whd/.

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Michael J. Daniels, 50, owner of Quic Auto Sales Incorporated, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $20,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Mr. Daniels, who lives in Tampa, was arrested by the Leon County Sheriff's Department on January 10, 2015 on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Quic Auto Sales Incorporated, now closed, was located at 3212 Springhill Road in Tallahassee.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Daniels collected sales tax from customers at his car lot. However, during various periods from June 2011 through April 2013, he failed to send 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 Tallahassee at 850-922-2671.

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.
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Lori Cullen, 45, owner of Grandeur Marble & Granite, Inc., has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $32,000 in sales tax she collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Ms. Cullen, who lives in Jensen Beach, was arrested by the Martin County Sheriff's Department on January 9, 2015 on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, she faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and investigative costs. Grandeur Marble & Granite is located at 3065 SE Gran Parkway in Stuart.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Ms. Cullen collected sales tax from customers at her business. However, during various periods from November 2010 through December 2013, she failed to send to the state all of the sales taxes she had collected from her 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 Fort Pierce at 772-429-2196.

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.
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Jose D. Escamilla, the owner of El Potro Mexican Restaurant of Jacksonville, has been arrested on charges that he failed to account for and send to the state sales tax that he collected from his customers, according to the Florida Department of Revenue

Mr. Escamilla, 43, who also lives in Jacksonville, was arrested by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office on December 28, 2014 on seven (7) separate misdemeanor charges relating to failure to file returns and pay taxes due. If convicted, he faces up to one year incarceration and up to $1,000 in fines for each charge, as well as possible repayment of tax and the associated penalty and investigative costs. El Potro Mexican Restaurant, now closed, was located at 5871 University Blvd. in Jacksonville.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Escamilla collected tax from customers at his restaurant. However, during various periods beginning in 2011, lasting through periods in 2012, he failed to file his tax returns and send to the state the sales tax he collected, as required by law.

"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 Jacksonville at 904-359-6671.

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.
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Bashar Sabbagh, 44, owner of EZ Pay Auto Sale, Inc., has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $12,000 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Mr. Sabbagh, who lives in Fort Myers, was arrested by the Brevard County Sheriff's Department on December 30, 2014 on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds. 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, penalty and investigative costs. EZ Pay Auto Sale is located at 1624 South Babcock Street in Melbourne.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Sabbagh collected sales tax from the customers at his storage facility. However, during various periods from January 2012 through May 2014, he failed to send to the state all of the sales taxes 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 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.
1/8/2015Yes2015
  
Michael Scott Mira, 48, owner of Mira's Kitchens, LLC, doing business as Island Breeze Cuban Café, has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $10,600 in sales tax he collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Mr. Mira, who lives in Zephyrhills, was arrested by the Pasco County Sheriff's Department on December 18, 2014 on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds. 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, penalty and investigative costs. Island Breeze Cuban Café is located at 5518 Gall Boulevard in Zephyrhills.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Mr. Mira collected sales tax from the customers at his restaurant. However, during the period from January through June 2014, he failed to send to the state all of the sales taxes 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 Holiday at 727-938-2551.

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.
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