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October 31, 2014

Former Bunnell Computer Store Owner Arrested

Linda Marie Khoury, 36, owner of Computer Task Force, Inc., has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $4,400 in sales tax she collected from customers, but failed to send to the state, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Ms. Khoury, who lives in Palm Coast, was arrested by the Flagler County Sheriff's Department on September 17, 2014 on felony charges relating to tax evasion and theft of state funds. If convicted, she 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. Computer Task Force, now closed, was located at 4601 East Moody Boulevard in Bunnell, Florida.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Ms. Khoury collected sales tax from the customers of her business. However, during various periods from May 2011 through November 2012, 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 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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