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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.

2/16/2015Yes2015
  
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.
1/22/2015Yes2015
  
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.
1/14/2015Yes2015
  

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/.

1/13/2015Yes2015
  
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.
1/12/2015Yes2015
  
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.
1/12/2015Yes2015
  
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.
1/9/2015Yes2015
  
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.
1/5/2015Yes2015